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SPORTS: It only seems a matter of time for Norwegian goal-machine Erling Haaland to leave Borussia Dortmund.

Rumors grew that it could be in this summer, despite his contract with the Black and Yellow running until 2024 after joining it in January of 2020 for 20 million euros from RB Salzburg.

Reports said an exit clause valid in 2022 worth between 75 to 100 million euros. His market value at present is rated at 110 million.

The striker’s new port of call has been subject to various speculations after his 18th goal in 13 Champions League games. Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola pleasurably deliver their share to push the race.

The striker has talked about his admiration for Real Madrid, some Premier League sides, and Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old always adds his demand to play in the Champions League for the rest of his career.

“The Champions League is important for me. I want to be part of the rest of my footballing life,” he said.

Currently, Dortmund is six points behind the Champions League qualification spots in the German top-flight league. Financial reasons might force the side to sell some of its best such as Haaland and Jadon Sancho, due to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The forwards’ agent nourished speculation talking about only 10 clubs that can afford to sign him. Raiola said he is convinced his player will be one of the leading performers over the upcoming decade. “I can’t think of any managing director not wanting him,” he said.

His client is the one to follow in the footsteps of aged stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Messi.

Chelsea was said to be interested aside from Manchester United. Media reported that the Blues was considering an early deal while United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted to being in contact with his former player (Molde).

“It is always nice when someone wants you,” the forward said, speaking to Spanish media about Real’s interest.

Meanwhile, Haaland admitted following every game of German record Champion Bayern Munich and their spearhead Robert Lewandowski.

The Norwegian called Bayern a fantastic team. “I learn from them every time I watch them.” About Lewandowski, he said: “He is crazy, just crazy. He is always at the right spot to finish off the attacks and score.”

Bayern was said to eye Haaland as a possible successor of Lewandowski (contract until 2023).

Of course, Haaland moving to Bayern would raise further questions about how the club uses its financial advantage to choke the Bundesliga’s competitiveness by signing the best players from the rest of the league – especially following Upamecano’s move from Leipzig last month.

Rumors in Spain hinted at a possible swap-deal between Real and Dortmund. Serbian striker Luka Jovic could join the BVB in return, aside from many millions. Jovic is currently on loan in the shirt of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Media in Spain said the Dortmund striker as Real’s primary target.

Others spoke of Liverpool, PSG, and Juve as well as his first love Leeds United as possible new clubs.

Dortmund’s officials announced to keep Haaland for the next season. But soon, the player’s ambitions and the club’s plans could collide.

If Dortmund can’t make their way into the Champions League, the delicate issue is in the headlines again.

Xinhua