Haaland tipped to stay with Dortmund for an additional season
The future of Erling Braut Haaland at Borussia Dortmund should dominate most sporting headlines in the next few months.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League and La Liga after repeatedly showing his scoring opportunities since joining Dortmund.
European football expert Mark Langdon is the latest pundit to join the debate, claiming Haaland will stay with Dortmund before triggering his £ 66m release clause in 2022.
“He is very smart and very patient with the steps that he has already taken,” he told talkSPORT.
“He could have gone to a bigger league and team than Borussia Dortmund, even though they’re a big one themselves.
“He realized that it was too big a jump to move to a Real Madrid team from Salzburg. He went to Salzburg, then to Dortmund – I assume that he will spend another year there.
“You will get what you need from him, and then he can be on the way to this release clause.
“Where will he go? I think the Premier League is the place with the money right now. I look at Real Madrid and Barcelona and I think, “How could you afford to buy it?”
“When you look at the Premier League and you think of a team that needs a striker, Manchester City is the obvious choice.
“He’s not a pep player, but I’m sure you could put him somewhere.”
Haaland’s future in Dortmund may depend on whether the club qualifies for next season’s Champions League.
They are currently six points behind the top four but still have enough games to make up for the deficit.
If Dortmund don’t book a place in the Champions League, the big European clubs could try to win Haaland this summer.
Given the tight finances in Madrid and Barcelona, a move to the Premier League would be the most likely option for the striker.
City may be interested despite Langdon’s reservations about whether he would fit manager Pep Guardiola’s style, but they would undoubtedly face stiff competition from elsewhere.
Chelsea are closely associated with Haaland and can best take advantage of leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.