Report: Erling Haaland's transfer decision 'not about money' - and Lionel Messi is key factor

Report: Erling Haaland's transfer decision 'not about money' - and Lionel Messi is key factor


Dortmund star Erling Haaland is a hot property in European football at the moment, but Owen Hargreaves insists the 20-year-next old's move will not be motivated by money.



According to Owen Hargreaves, Erling Haaland's widely awaited transfer decision will not be swayed by money this summer.


After scoring 33 goals in as many games for Borussia Dortmund in the 2020/21 season, the 20-year-old sensation is Europe's hottest property right now.


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Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are all rumored to be interested in signing him in the summer transfer window, with Dortmund reportedly asking £150 million for their star striker.

When the transfer window reopens at the end of the season, Haaland is likely to spark a bidding war, as a number of clubs are desperate to sign him.



Hargreaves, on the other hand, maintains that his decision will be based on the best next move for his career - and the former United midfielder claims that if Lionel Messi chooses Barcelona, he will decide to remain with the Catalans.

Hargreaves said on BT Sport, "Well, he's at a great club now, but the problem is, with how well he's doing, he needs to be at an even bigger club.'


Report: Erling Haaland's transfer decision 'not about money' - and Lionel Messi is key factor


'I think everyone is going to want him, whether it's Barcelona, Real Madrid, City, or Chelsea.

'The question is whether or not they can afford him. If you're Barca, you don't want him to go to Real, so the teams that can almost certainly have to take out a loan.

'You don't want to lose this guy because he's generational. If he joins another team, you can bet he'll score more goals because of better service.'



'I think he's lucky now that he's in a position where he can choose the right spot,' he said.

'It's not about the money; it's about achieving the goal.' He went to Molde because they had the best academy, Salzburg because he wanted to advance, and Dortmund because he wanted to take the next move.

'This isn't going to be about money; it's going to be about ‘what's the next best step in my growth for me?'

'I assume Messi would stay in Barcelona if he moves there. That's how vital he is.'


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