Erling Haaland is eager to play as much as possible, despite concerns about his fitness, in order to not hinder a potential summer move away from Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland is expected to leave the German club after the end of the season, with Real Madrid and Manchester City the favourites to sign the prolific striker.
Several injuries this season have stopped Haaland from showing his full potential, with his latest problem taking place at the end of March whilst on international duty for Norway.
Dortmund coach Marco Rose has admitted that Haaland is not pain-free, as he spoke to the press ahead of his team’s game on Saturday against Wolfsburg.
Haaland’s injury concerns
Haaland has played in Dortmund’s last two Bundesliga games – against RB Leipzig and Stuttgart – but German media outlet Sport1 have learned the 21-year-old is worried his injuries will frustrate clubs that are looking to sign him. It’s believed that Haaland has asked Dortmund not to make his injury diagnosis public.
Sport1 also say Haaland’s reported muscle problems when he didn’t play in early February were actually more severe, with all information pointing to a tear in his thigh.
“You can’t force a player to take an MRI scan if he doesn’t want to,” said Rose. “It’s impossible for him not to have pain.
“I received a photo a few weeks ago [during the international break] where his foot was pointing 90 degrees away from his leg.”
Haaland has missed 17 matches and 95 days through injury in all competitions this season and he could be taking a career-changing risk by continuing to play, should his current ankle injury get worse.
Real Madrid are among the potential suitors for Erling Haaland’s signature, as the Norway international is expected to part ways with Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Haaland has yet to decide which team to join ahead of next season. with Manchester City and Los Blancos viewed as the main contenders to sign the prodigious striker.
Despite rumours indicating that Real Madrid were out of the race to sign the 21-year-old forward, former Norwegian international and friend of Haaland’s father, Jan Aage Fjortoft, has confirmed that Los Blancos are still among the candidates for Dortmund star’s signature.
Erling Haaland’s future is still unresolved, with a host of top European clubs pursuing his services but, for now, the Norwegian is simply remaining silent and waiting.
While Kylian Mbappe appears set to join Real Madrid at the end of the season, Haaland’s next club is still up for debate.
The Norwegian has not said anything since last January. The truth is that few, if anyone, knows where he will go although it now looks down to two clubs: Manchester City and Real Madrid, as Barcelona begin to accept reality.
Manchester City are no longer hiding it and feel they have the money and the power to sign him. Real Madrid, on the other hand, have for some time now been throwing their weight around in an attempt to keep a low profile in the absence of a definitive answer.
According to MARCA, the two options are still open, as the main point in Haaland’s decision is not the money but the sporting project.
Haaland is soaking up everything that is going on, what the day to day at either club is like, who might sign, who might leave and just about everything else. Nobody has been told whether he prefers one team above the other.
Adidas also waiting
His departure from Borussia Dortmund has been agreed at 75 million euros, as MARCA reported last December.
His departure is guaranteed and everything seems to indicate that he will be the only major star of the German club to leave in the summer.
Haaland recently posed in a Nike sweater but wearing Adidas shoes. Although he has not signed for either of the sporting brand giants, the youngster is expected to pick the three stripes of Adidas.
Barcelona have been trying to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland for a long time, with Laporta even meeting with his agent Mino Raiola on several occasions.
Xavi Hernandez has also had a conversation with the 21-year-old to explain his plans at Barcelona. Haaland likes the option of going to Barcelona, but he has also attracted interest from other very powerful clubs who are in a better financial position, such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Barcelona’s main issue is that they can’t compete in financial terms with the elite European clubs, who can invest more money in funding such a move.
The Catalans are in talks to strike a deal with the CVC investment fund, but even if they receive a financial boost from there, they will still need to offload certain players.
A move for Haaland could cost Barcelona around 250m euros, of which 75m euros would be the transfer fee paid to Dortmund. They will also need to cover his salary demands and offer Raiola around 60m euros in terms of his commission.
Leao, Gabriel Jesus, Darwin Nunez…
These three options are also seen as being expensive. Rafael Leao is Laporta’s favourite of the three, but AC Milan are not planning to sell him and instaed they want to renew his contract, with his price tag being set at 50m euros.
Meanwhile, Darwin Nunez is a footballer that Barcelona have been monitoring for a long time. Benfica are willing to cash in on him and there are currently several suitors, who would have to pay between 75m and 100m euros to sign him.
The cheapest of these three options is that of Gabriel Jesus, who could leave Manchester City if the Premier League club manage to sign Haaland in the summer. With his contract running until 2013, a move for the Brazilian forward could cost Barcelona around 30m euros.