According to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, Erling Haaland was very close to join Manchester United. However, the player’s agent Mino Raiola believed that Dortmund was the best choice for the Norwegian.
The latest comment from Watzke came during an interview with Sport1. Watzke told that the condition in Dortmund was better for the growth of youngsters. This is the reason why Raiola steered Haaland away from Manchester United.
Looking back now, the move by Haaland was the best decision. The Norwegian quickly became the main part of the Dortmund side, something he might not have been able to do in Manchester United. The 21-year-old already has 70 goals in 69 appearances for Dortmund.
HAALAND BETTER OFF AT DORTMUND THAN MANCHESTER UNITED
Dortmund has been famous for scouting the best young talents and transforming them into superstars. The club’s financial strategy depends on selling such players for profit to the top sides. Some of the recent talents to make this move include the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele and Jadon Sancho.
Though the strategy helps in bringing in the revenue, it also means that players do not stick around for long. This has made it harder for the club to compete regularly with Bayern for titles. The recent crop of talents is led by Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham. Both of them are attracting interest from the top clubs including Manchester United.
“Our offer wasn’t the best. The offer from Manchester United was better. But consultant Mino Raiola has recognized that Erling is in better hands with us. “
– said Watzke when asked about Haaland.
This unique selling point of development makes Dortmund the ideal destination for most young players. This meant that clubs like Manchester United will have to pay even more if they want to get their targets like Haaland to sign for them in the future.
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