Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has made the big claim that a certain club, one of Europe's biggest teams, is "very interested" in signing Erling Haaland.
The in-demand Norwegian was heavily linked with an exit from Signal Iduna Park in the most recent transfer window, with Chelsea widely reported to have bid for the striker, but they were seemingly unable to find an agreement with the Bundesliga giants for the player.
The June 2022 transfer window is likely to follow a similar theme, with his release clause at the club set to drop to €75 million (R1.3 billion) at the end of 2021/22 campaign, per Football Espana – a number that is half his current market value, as listed by Transfermarkt, and one that will tempt many clubs to make an offer.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some clubs that have been linked with Haaland, per ESPN
Super-agent Mino Raiola recently added fuel to the fire when he gave a big hint that Haaland could soon move to a new club, saying that he is "looking at the best option" for the forward, according to Marca.
In a recent interview, BVB CEO Watzke suggested that a bidding war could soon be on the cards, and also claimed that there is one team that is definitely pursuing the forward.
"I could name 25 teams that have been interested in him right now," the 62-year-old said, per Bild.
"But what I know for sure, the only thing that is a guarantee is that Real Madrid is very interested in him."
He also made it clear that Dortmund have not given up on extending Haaland's stay in Germany, but added that the ball is in the striker's court.
"Of course we would like him to stay here in the summer, we do not have to give him up, not even for financial reasons," he told Sky Sports Germany.
"We know he has the opportunity to change under certain conditions but we are going to talk to him in the next few weeks.
"We have a long-term contract with him, so the first one who has to act is him, not us.
"For Borussia, everything would be fine if it stayed that way."
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