Dortmund planning new contract talks with Haaland

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Reports suggest that Borussia Dortmund are planning to hold talks with prolific striker Erling Haaland as they look to extend his contract.

The Norwegian forward is one of the most sought-after players in the world and has been linked with the biggest clubs in Europe including Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Barcelona.

Haaland has a release clause of £64m which will be activated in the summer and the fee would likely be increased to a value that suits his current status in the round leather game, that’s if both parties eventually reach an agreement.

The Norwegian has been very prolific for the German Bundesliga outfit with 76 goals in 76 games, placing him on the list of the best strikers in the world.

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It can be recalled that Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke previously admitted that it would be difficult to keep the striker long-term but insisted that the Norwegian would not leave the club in the January winter transfer window.

Meanwhile, Dortmund chief Sebastian Kehl was more optimistic with his update on the future of the player at the Signal Iduna Park in a recent interview.

“The plan is that when the time comes, we will get together and sit down at the table.

“But we are not going to announce when we will do that right now. What is clear, however, is that we are trying to achieve clarity.

“We are trying to persuade Erling to continue to play for Dortmund, and I don’t think our chances are too bad.”

Although Dortmund are hoping to keep the player, they would also be open to alternative offers that will ensure that they get a better deal for the player rather than for another club just paying the release clause to acquire the Norwegian.