The Erling Haaland transfer saga has gotten juicier and we are barely in April. A few weeks ago Dortmund released a statement saying that the young Norwegian phenom would be available for a fee of 180 Euro’s. That’s high considering the financial impact the pandemic has had on soccer, but there are still a few clubs who could make it work. Two of those clubs have already talked with Haalands representatives. Haalands dad and his agent Mino Raiola (soccer’s version of Rich Paul and Scott Boras, but better) took a visit to Spain to speak with Real Madrid and Barcelona on Thursday. Barcelona and Madrid aren’t the only clubs he’ll take a look at. Expect Man United to be in the mix as well after Man City announced they wouldn’t pursue a striker for that price this summer.
THIS LEAGUE! Free agency truly never sleeps in the world of European soccer. Dortmund have their most important game of the season on Saturday. If they lose, or even draw, with Frankfurt they’ll likely miss out on the Champions League for next season, but no one is even discussing it cause all they care about is where Haaland is going to end up! It’s like the NBA. Free agency might be more entertaining than the product on the field to some fans.
Soccer drama has no free agency window. Regardless of what the transfer deadlines are, they are all just suggestions to Raiola and club presidents, which I am all for. I love seeing this. Could you imagine if LeBron was still playing for the Lakers mid-season and his reps were publicly talking to the Sixers and Celtics about next season? It’d be wild.
The summer that lies ahead is going to filled with European drama on and off the field, and I am ready to binge watch.