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Erling Braut Haaland’s future at Borussia Dortmund is likely to dominate most of the sports headlines in the coming months.
The 20-year-old has been linked with moves to the Premier League and La Liga after repeatedly showing his prowess on the scoreboard since joining Dortmund.
European football expert Mark Langdon is the latest expert to get into the debate, stating that Haaland will stay with Dortmund before activating his £ 66 million buyout clause in 2022.
“He’s very smart and very patient with the moves he’s already done,” he said. talkSPORT.
“I could have gone to a bigger league and team than Borussia Dortmund, even though they are great themselves.
“He recognized that it was too big a jump to go to a team like Real Madrid in Salzburg. He went to Salzburg, then to Dortmund; I think he will spend a year or so there.
“They’ll get what they need from him, and then he may be on his way to meeting the release clause of the contract.
Where will it go? I feel like the Premier League right now is the place with the money. I look at Real Madrid and Barcelona and think: ‘How can they afford to buy it?’
“If you are looking at the Premier League and you are thinking of a team that needs a forward, Manchester City would feel like the obvious choice.
“He’s not a Pep-type player, but I’m sure they could fit him in somewhere.”
Haaland’s future in Dortmund may well hinge on whether the club qualifies for the Champions League next season.
They are currently six points behind the top four, but still have enough games to make up for the deficit.
If Dortmund fail to book a place in the Champions League, Europe’s big clubs may try to take Haaland this summer.
With tight finances in Madrid and Barcelona, a move to the Premier League would be the most likely option for the forward.
City may well be interested despite Langdon’s reservations about whether he would adapt to coach Pep Guardiola’s style, but they would certainly face stiff competition from elsewhere.
Chelsea have been strongly linked to Haaland and may be in the best position to take advantage of if he leaves Dortmund at the end of the season.