Erling Haaland has already spoken with new Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose, and he is ambitious about what is to come for the new season. This will be bad news for the likes of Chelsea, who are seemingly the only club ready to shell out the big bucks to try and prise him away from the Bundesliga this summer.
The Blues have already seen their first offer rejected, a player-plus-cash deal involving Tammy Abraham.
The proposal made sense in many ways, with Abraham heavily linked to the Stamford Bridge exit door and fitting the Dortmund profile of a young, talented player with development and re-sale potential.
He is also tall and a strong finisher, much like Haaland, although it was still not enough to tempt the Bundesliga side into doing business.
Chelsea could always go back with an improved cash offer, but Haaland’s latest statements indicate that there is still a positive atmosphere between himself and the German club.
He said: “I’ve talked a bit with him (Rose). I already know him because we agreed for six months when he was at Salzburg.
“He is a great guy and I look forward to working with him.”
Indeed, Rose is a respected and well-liked figure in German football, stemming from his recent time in charge of Borussia Monchengladbach.
He is also familiar with Haaland on a personal level, having been in charge of RB Salzburg when he burst onto the scene as a rampant, goal-hungry teenager.
With Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all heavily rumoured to be interested, Juventus are supposedly the latest to join the party with Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract due to expire in 2022.
At that point, Haaland’s release clause of around £65million would become active, putting virtually every top club in Europe on high alert.
Having met with the player and his entourage earlier in the year, Madrid hold the belief that the prolific front-man has a genuine desire to play at the Bernabeu.
Subsequently, all rival clubs may have a tough time convincing Haaland to go anywhere other than the Spanish capital.
Moreover, judging by the player’s most recent comments, interested parties this summer may have a tough time convincing him to play his football anywhere other than Dortmund for the upcoming season.