Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola reveals Borussia Dortmund striker didn’t move to Juventus in January as Old Lady ‘would have put him in the Under-23 squad’
- Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January
- The Norwegian 19-year-old scored on the Bundesliga’s return on Saturday
- He has now scored a prolific 13 goals in 12 appearances for his new club
- Juve were interested in signing him but had different plans for his development
Mino Raiola has claimed his client Erling Haaland didn’t move to Juventus in January because the Serie A champions ‘would have put him in the Under-23 squad’.
After impressing in the Champions League with Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the 2019-20 season, 19-year-old Haaland moved to Dortmund in January for £17m.
However, Juve were also interested in the Norwegian striker, who has gone on to score 13 goals in 12 appearances for Dortmund, but Raiola has revealed why Haaland opted not to move to Turin.
Erling Haaland scored on the Bundesliga’s return and has been prolific for Borussia Dortmund
Haaland’s agent has revealed Juventus wanted to place Haaland in their Under-23 squad
ERLING HAALAND AT DORTMUND
- Appearances: 12
- Goals: 13
- Assists: 3
- Yellows/Reds: 1/0
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
‘Why Haaland didn’t move to Juventus? They would have put him in the Under-23 squad,’ Raiola told Italian outlet La Repubblica.
Juve may well be regretting not signing Haaland, who is the most in-form striker in Europe’s top leagues.
The 19-year-old has a prolific strike-rate for both RB Salzburg and Dortmund, and scored on football’s return as Dortmund beat rivals Schalke 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The result put Dortmund a point behind leaders Bayern Munich in the table, before the champions beat Union Berlin 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead back to four points.
Juventus were interested in the 19-year-old but Haaland opted to move to the Bundesliga
Haaland cooly slots in the opening goal on Saturday during Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Schalke
He has now scored 41 goals in 34 competitive games this season, showing why he favoured first-team minutes over progressing in a youth setup.
Haaland’s deal with Dortmund includes a £66m release clause which can be activated in July 2021.
Former England manager Fabio Capello has suggested Haaland would be an ‘ideal’ fit for Premier League leaders and European champions Liverpool.