Kwhether anyone else should have been surprised when Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City on Tuesday afternoon announced what had been on the horizon for many weeks. “Player Erling Haaland is about to move from Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA to Manchester City Football Club Limited,” BVB, which is listed on the stock exchange, said in an ad hoc announcement.
At this moment, many Dortmunders will have felt a sense of relief rather than the pain of saying goodbye because the matter had become an exhausting noise in the everyday life of the Bundesliga team in recent months. Now there is finally clarity and some fans will even cheer a little. For almost at the same time as the Haaland message, Dortmund announced that Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg would step up the attack. “After the transfers of Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck, we have another very exciting player in Karim Adeyemi,” said Sebastian Kehl, who will be promoted to Dortmund’s sporting director in a few weeks.
Kehl finds Adeyemi’s “speed and goal threat impressive”, the German international is “already very advanced in football and athletics at the age of just 20 years” and has “enormous development potential”, the future sports director explained. He has also been a fan of Borussia Dortmund since childhood. “As a little boy, I was fascinated by fast-paced black and yellow football,” explained Adeyemi, “that’s why it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to switch to BVB.”
Total volume of up to 300 million euros
Such a thing must sound much more sympathetic to everyone in Dortmund than the constant debates about insane millions that followed Haaland in his rather disappointing second half of the season. Although the ad hoc announcement of the change of Norwegian superstar stated that “the contractual details (…) still need to be agreed and documented”, the general framework has long been negotiated. The sports medicine surveys that are part of such a trade to millions of people have already been completed. Haaland was released from training on Monday to be checked by his future employer in Brussels.
What sounds like a mere formality could actually have been a little harder in this case, as Haaland came to Dortmund with a reputation for being a rather injured player. After a year and a half without the big problems, he was actually unable to play again and again in the season that is now coming to an end due to various muscle problems.
Herein lies the risk Manchester City takes with the deal, which is said to have a total volume of up to 300 million euros. The fixed transfer fee is 75 million euros, according to media reports, Haaland receives a salary of 30 million euros per season for his five-year contract, plus double-digit millions to Erling’s father Alf-Inge Haaland and for the consultant’s agency. Mino Raiola, who died a week and a half ago.
The Dortmund team is more homogeneous
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. For Adeyemi, who should cost around 30 million euros, but who, unlike Haaland, is not a classic penalty kicker. And probably also for another top scorer, who should correspond more to the profile of a classic number nine.
There are speculations about Sebastien Haller from Ajax Amsterdam, which Dortmund are said to be intensely involved in. Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick is unlikely to come after the Rhinelanders qualified for the Champions League, but the list of candidates includes the Czech talent Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague and Stuttgart Sasa Kalajdzic.
What is relatively clear is that none of these players will be able to match Haaland’s incredible 85 goals in 88 games. But coach Rose can hope to find better conditions in the future to develop a homogeneous team with true team spirit. Haaland was not unpopular, but he has always had a special position and now switches to only world stars in a club that his father has played for. However, in a completely different era, where Manchester City was not yet a top club equipped with huge sums of money from the Middle East, but instead one of the crisis-stricken traditional clubs, of which there are so many, not only in England. .
Experts now have plenty of material to discuss the question of whether coach Pep Guardiola, who loves midfielders and who has not previously had problems without strikers, can make the highly talented Haaland a world star. And Dortmund can consider why their completely renewed team can finally give them a German championship again.