The Bundesliga club’s chief has broken his silence on the constant transfer speculation regarding Haaland and Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insists the plan is to keep Erling Haaland for next season, but revealed the club would listen to an “exceptional offer” offer for Jadon Sancho.
Haaland’s future has dominated headlines recently. The striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, Alf-Inge, traveled to Spain last week to hold talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid. There is also interest from the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City allegedly favorites.
Erling Haaland's representatives were in Spain to meet with Barcelona earlier today.
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But Watze is adamant Dortmund have no plans to sell their star striker nor is there a plan B.
“We do not have a parallel plan. We will discuss this with Erling, his father and his agent Mino Raiola,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN.
“We also want him to be happy to stay with us, to score goals for BVB next year with conviction. There is no alternative plan.”
Sancho, meanwhile, was heavily linked with a transfer to Manchester United last summer. Dortmund’s asking price of around €120m, however, proved too much for the Red Devils, especially in the middle of a pandemic.
“Jadon Sancho has been with us much longer than Erling Haaland. We’ll have to speak to Jadon too,” continued Watze.
“If there is an exceptional offer, we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always. Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.
“Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”