Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that the Bundesliga side will struggle to retain the services of Erling Braut Haaland.
The 21-year-old striker is one of the world’s most in-demand centre-forwards, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain understood to be monitoring his situation.
In the summer of 2022, an exit clause between £64 million (€75m) and £85.5 million (€100m) will become active in the Norwegian’s contract, a figure that several of the continent’s elite clubs are willing to pay.
With this in mind, Hans-Joachim believes Borussia Dortmund may find it difficult to keep hold of their prized asset, though the management will try their hardest to ward off any potential interest.
“Of course it will be difficult. I am not saying, however, that it is completely out of the question. We’ll do everything we can to keep our top players loyal to us in the future,” Die Borussen CEO told German news outlet Welt am Sonntag.
He has also assured Dortmund fans that the side will “find a new top striker again” if Haaland is sold in the near future.
Erling’s strong start to the new season continued last weekend, as he scored a brace in his team’s 4-2 victory against Union Berlin, taking his goals tally in all competitions to 11 in eight matches.