Earlier this week, reports emerged that Erling Haaland actually opted to play for Borussia Dortmund ahead of Manchester United, despite the fact that we offered more money.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed this himself, in a recent interview with Sport1, when he said, “The offer from Manchester United was better. However Mino Raiola realised that Erling is better off with us.
“People notice that gifted people make a breakthrough with us the quickest. That is a resounding argument for the players, the parents of the players and the advisors. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play.”
However, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has suggested that the real reason Haaland joined Dortmund isn’t because he wanted a place where he’d play more, but because his agent, Mino Raiola, wanted a set up that would enable him make more personal gain off his sale eventually.
The former Man United star wrote on Twitter: “We all know why [it happened]. Raiola structures his deals with clubs that will give him a large percent of the transfer fee when the player leaves!”
Haaland remains a top target for United next summer, although with Raiola still his agent, it’s likely he’ll be sold to Real Madrid or Manchester City.