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Erling Haaland turned down a 'better offer' from Manchester United before joining Borussia Dortmund

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Erling Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola turned down a BIGGER contract from Man United before signing for Borussia Dortmund, reveals club chief Hans-Joachim Watzke… as he claims they realised the star was ‘better off with us’

  • Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020  
  • Manchester United were also strongly linked with signing the striker at the time
  • Dortmund’s CEO has admitted that their offer for Haaland ‘was not the best’
  • He claims the striker knew he was ‘better off’ at Dortmund than at Old Trafford 


Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted Erling Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola turned down a ‘better offer’ from Manchester United to join the Bundesliga side.

Haaland joined the German side from Austrian side RB Salzburg for £17m in January 2020 under the noses of the Red Devils.

Since then the 21-year-old has gone on to become one of the best strikers in the world, scoring 70 goals in 69 appearances.

Erling Haaland has turned into one of the world's best strikers at Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland has turned into one of the world’s best strikers at Borussia Dortmund

Watzke though has admitted that his side’s offer for the Norwegian star was ‘not the best’.

German publication Sport1 have published comments from the Dortmund CEO in which he says: ‘The offer from Manchester United was better.

‘However Mino Raiola realised that Erling is better off with us.’

Manchester United were also in the hunt to sign the Norwegian striker back in 2020

Manchester United were also in the hunt to sign the Norwegian striker back in 2020

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said their offer for Haaland was 'not the best'

Mino Raiola and Haaland 'realised' they were better off at Dortmund

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke (left) revealed Haaland and agent Mino Raiola ‘realised’ they were better off at Dortmund

Dortmund are well known to be a good breeding ground of top young and upcoming stars in football.

Jadon Sancho enjoyed a highly successful stint at the German side before completing his £73m move to Manchester United in the summer.

Jude Bellingham has also impressed since his arrival from Birmingham with the 18-year-old midfielder already making 61 appearances for the club and breaking into the England fold.

Dortmund have given chances to several young players including Haaland and Jadon Sancho

Dortmund have given chances to several young players including Haaland and Jadon Sancho

Watzke said: ‘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.”

‘The fact that we discovered the players on our own is long gone. But we get it. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play.’

Though Manchester United failed to land the striker, they are of many clubs who could look to pursue him next summer when his £64m release clause kicks in. 

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