If there’s a striker who can charge any attacking line in European football, it’s Borussia Dortmund’s talisman Erling Haaland. Amid all the speculation and reports, his future remains relatively unclear, although some results claim that La Liga leaders Real Madrid are the Norwegian’s best match.
The 6ft 4 goalscorer is known for his physical attributes and seems well suited for the Premier League in England. However, he could do the most damage to opposing defenses in Spain, according to research from B-Cure Laser – a company that makes products to treat sports injuries and other issues – which examined where his strength and physicality would thrive.
The company examined in-game information from leagues in England as well as the top leagues in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. After crunching the numbers, including data ranging from records to fouls, it suggested that among their potential suitors, Real most closely matched Haaland’s style of play.
“There is no doubt that Haaland is one of Europe’s greatest talents and his next step is crucial to fulfill his potential,” the company said in a statement.
“Our research shows that Real Madrid’s high-intensity playing style is similar to Dortmund’s and complements Haaland’s best qualities. Madrid seems like the perfect destination for Haaland to thrive and score goals while being part of a squad that continues to fight for the biggest trophies in club football.”
It also noted that Chelsea are in for a good game, although the financial uncertainty surrounding the London club, which is looking for new owners, means a transfer is hard to imagine from today’s perspective. Manchester City, on the other hand, is still under discussion. Closer to Madrid, Barcelona’s chances of signing Haaland are razor-thin after President Joan Laporta all but ruled out the possibility, which is no surprise given his meager funds. Barcelona’s predicament means they can only spend a fraction of their income on players to get their accounts back.
Of course he had nowhere to go. So far, Haaland has kept everyone waiting and decided to wait out his time at Dortmund. The club are out of European competition after failing to qualify in the Champions League group stage and losing to Rangers in the Europa League knockout round. Second in the table, Dortmund is still in the Bundesliga title race, but cannot afford to fall further behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Having already rebuilt teams, Dortmund are no stranger to selling when the conditions are right, meaning a move could be on the cards. The club have recruited young stars like Haaland, Jude Bellingham and Donyell Malen for modest sums and will accept much higher amounts before reinvesting. Haaland’s release clause is set at €75m (€83m) and will be active when the summer transfer window rolls. However, the total cost can be more than double when you factor in the fierce competition and brokerage fees, as Diario AS suggests.
Aside from averaging almost a goal per Bundesliga game, Haaland’s personality would complement the La Liga leaders nicely. Real have brought in names whose careers never took off with Los Blancos, such as striker Luka Jovic, who also found fame in the Bundesliga. In contrast, the Scandinavian seems made for the big teams and occasions and has scored plenty of Champions League goals despite being just 21 years old.
His goals, 16 in 17 games this season, mark an upward trend. Haaland has maintained his numbers since relative promotion from the Bundesliga at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. Even if he has a hard time repeating those numbers as he plays more consistently against better teams, an almighty drop in form would spell disappointment.
As for his future target, the agent in question is Mino Raiola – who represents a host of well-known stars – and has previously indicated a move is likely this year. It’s hard to imagine making anything other than a big move to a European giant, especially when Raiola is part of a deal. If Spain is Haaland’s next stop then Real looks like a worthy candidate in terms of current spending power and stature. And not only that; If the statistical findings are correct, the sporty set-up could also make him flourish.