KAnyone else should have been surprised when Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City announced on Tuesday afternoon what had been on the horizon for several weeks. “The player Erling Haaland is on the verge of switching from Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA to Manchester City Football Club Limited,” BVB, a publicly listed company, announced in a dedicated ad.
At the moment, many Dortmunders will be feeling relief rather than the pain of saying goodbye, as the affair has become an exhausting noise in the daily life of the Bundesliga team over the past few months. Now there’s finally clarity, and some fans will cheer a little. Because around the same time Haaland’s message was sent, Dortmund announced that RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi would step up the offensive. “After the transfer of Niklas Sule and Nico Schlutterbeek, we have another very exciting player, Karim Adeyemi,” said Sebastian Kell, who will be promoted to Dortmund sporting director in a few weeks.
Kiel sees Adeyemi’s “speed and threat of goals as impressive”, the German player is “already very advanced in football and athletics at only 20 years old” and has “enormous development potential,” the future sports chief explained. He was also a fan of Borussia Dortmund since childhood. “When I was a little kid, I was fascinated by fast-paced football in black and yellow, which is why it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to switch to the Serie A,” Adeymi explained.
The total volume is up to 300 million euros
Something like that should sound very much liked by everyone in Dortmund from the constant discussions about the insane amounts of millions that accompanied Haaland during the somewhat disappointing second half of the season. Although it was stated in the ad hoc announcement about the Norwegian star’s change that “the contractual details (…) still have to be agreed upon and documented”, the general framework has long been negotiated. Sports medical check-ups that are part of a deal worth millions have already been performed. Haaland was released from training on Monday to be examined by his future employer in Brussels.
What seems like a mere formality was actually more difficult in this case, with Haaland coming to Dortmund with a reputation for being an injury-prone player. After a year and a half without any major issues, he was not able to play again and again in the season which is now coming to an end due to various muscular issues.
Herein lies the risk that Manchester City are taking in the deal, which is said to have a total size of €300m. The fixed transfer fee is 75 million euros and, according to media reports, Haaland receives a salary of 30 million euros per season for his five-year contract, in addition to the double-digit millions for Erling’s father, Inge Haaland, and for the chancellor’s agency. Mino Raiola, who died a week and a half ago.
Dortmund is more harmonious
It is not known if the agent’s death had any impact on the business, but it is clear that BVB now has the money for the attacker’s successor. As for Ademi, who is supposed to cost around 30 million euros, but, unlike Haaland, he is not a classic striker in the penalty area. And perhaps also for another scorer, which should correspond more closely to the profile of the classic number nine.
There is speculation about Sebastian Haller of Ajax Amsterdam, with whom Dortmund has been said to be heavily involved. Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick is unlikely to come after the Rhinelanders qualified for the Champions League, but the list of nominees includes Czech talent Adam Hlužek of Sparta Prague and Sasa Kalajic of Stuttgart.
What is relatively clear is that none of these players will be able to match Haaland’s staggering 85 goals in 88 matches. But coach Rose hopes to create better conditions in the future to develop a homogeneous team with true team spirit. Haaland was not unpopular, but he always had a special status and is now only turning into international stars at a club that his father played for. However, in a completely different era, when Manchester City was not a big club with huge sums of money from the Middle East, but one of those traditional crisis-prone clubs, of which there are many, not only in England.
Experts now have plenty of material to discuss the question of whether coach Pep Guardiola, who loves his midfielders and has had no problem laying off strikers in the past, can turn the talented Haaland into a world star. And Dortmund can think of why their completely renewed side were able to give them a German championship once again.