Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has lifted the lid on how the Black and Yellows beat Manchester United to the signing of Erling Haaland.
Haaland, 21, joined the Bundesliga aspect from RB Salzburg in January 2020 in a deal price simply £18m.
Though the German aspect ended up successful the race for the prolific Norweigan’s signature, the winter window of 2020 noticed the Pink Devils come agonisingly near poaching the 21-year-old themselves.
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Haaland’s reference to former Pink Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared, on the time, to be the driving pressure behind the 20-time league winners’ pursuit of arguably the game’s largest prospect.
Nonetheless, after finally opting to staff up with the boys in black and yellow, Haaland’s choice has labored out nicely with the striker occurring to attain 85 targets in simply 87 appearances.
Confirming simply how shut the 21-year-old got here to becoming a member of Man United, Dortmund CEO Watzke has not too long ago revealed that the deciding issue within the participant’s choice was the German’s willingness to incorporate a launch clause into his contract – one thing which presumably United didn’t wish to do.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Watzke tells 19:09 Discuss: “We gave Erling Haaland a launch clause… in any other case he would have gone to Manchester United”. ??? #MUFC
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