Alf-Inge Haaland, a former professional football player himself, having featured for sides like Nottingham Forest, Leeds, and Manchester City, now mentors his son, Erling Haaland. The Norwegian teenage superstar burst onto the scene this season. The first announcement to the world was his 5 goal haul in a single U20 World Cup match. He then moved to the club season, where he was on fire for RB Salzburg scoring against top sides like Liverpool and Napoli in the UEFA Champions League. Since earning his winter transfer to Borussia Dortmund, the 19-year-old has already found the back of the net 12 times in 9 games, including a goal against PSG in their round of 16 Champions League clash. Needless to say, the young striker has all of Europe mouth-watering over his potential signature.
Alf-Inge took some time out to speak with Spanish publication, AS, to discuss the growing transfer speculation surrounding his son. “I am very happy for him and for Dortmund. Although, the most important thing is to keep growing and developing, like he has up to this point. Obviously, I am proud,” he affirmed.
With 40 goals and eight assist already this season, Real Madrid are desperate for a “killer” like Haaland. Both MARCA and AS have linked the player with a move to Real Madrid. Erling Haaland has even commented on the interest. Reports from Germany state that Haaland does have a release clause of €75 million, which would allow him to leave Dortmund in 2021. “We are linked with one hundred clubs, but it’s true that the Spanish league is a really good one for my son, with great teams. You never know if he will go to Spain. Whatever is meant to happen, will happen,” he said.
Real Madrid already have a Norwegian player on their books, Martin Odegaard, who is reported to have a great friendship with his compatriot. “My son loves playing with Martin, he is a great footballer. They understand each other really well on the field,” he told AS.
It likely would be enticing for Haaland to move to Madrid in the summer of 2021 and link-up with Martin Odegaard. There are still many moving pieces before a move like that could materialize. Can Haaland continue his fine form next season? How will Benzema and Jovic perform and progress over the next season? Those two key questions could provide the answer to whether or not a move eventually comes to fruition.