Borussia Dortmund ‘consider Anthony Martial to replace Erling Haaland but the Man United forward is too expensive’… with the Bundesliga giants using THIRTY scouts to find their new striker
- Borussia Dortmund are trying to find a replacement for striker Erling Haaland
- Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has been considered as an option
- But United want around £42m and £47m for the out of favour French forward
- Dortmund have 30 scouts looking for a replacement for the in-demand Haaland
Anthony Martial is reportedly among the list of Borussia Dortmund targets to replace Erling Haaland if he is to leave the German clubs this summer but the Manchester United striker is deemed too expensive at present.
Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the last two transfer windows with United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all interested in the goal-scoring sensation.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also know to be admirers, while Bayern Munich have been rumoured to want Haaland as the long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.
Anthony Martial is reportedly among a list of Dortmund targets to replace Erling Haaland
Haaland has a release clause believed to be between £64million and £86m in his Dortmund contract that will become active next summer. Reports last week even suggested Haaland will be available for as little as £77m.
The 21-year-old has scored a remarkable 68 goals in 67 appearances for Dortmund since joining in the January of 2020. That follows 29 goals in 27 games for former club Red Bull Salzburg.
His record has led to Europe’s top clubs battling for his signature and Dortmund have already reportedly started to weigh up new strikers to replace him with no less than 30 scouts on the hunt.
One of them, according to German outlet SPORT1, is Manchester United’s Martial, who has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford after injury problems and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Martial finds himself as United’s third-choice striker and has barely played so far this season
Martial finds himself as United’s third-choice striker with Edinson Cavani also ahead of him, while Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho are preferred out wide.
Even Paul Pogba is now being used in the left midfield position by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Martial has played jut 190 minutes in six appearances for United so far this season.
Dortmund’s scouting staff have been told to look for players between the ages of 19 to 24 who they can sign for a smaller fee, like Haaland.
But Martial is 25 and would command a substantial fee, given United paid Monaco £36m to make him the world’s most expensive teenage footballer back in 2015.
But he is considered to be a ‘like for like’ replacement for Haaland and it is claimed United would be willing to sell for a fee between £42m and £47m.
The 21-year-old has scored a remarkable 68 goals in 67 appearances for Dortmund last year
At present that fee plus his wages – Martial earns around £200,000 a week – is considered too much for Dortmund, who were interested in signing Martial three years ago.
The German giants are said to be planning initial talks with options this winter as they prepare for Haaland’s departure. They already signed Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven this summer for £26m.
Other names linked with filling Haaland’s space at Dortmund are Nice duo Kasper Dolberg and Amine Gouiri. PSV’s Noni Madueke has also been linked but the winger would not be a direct replacement for Haaland.
Lautaro Martinez has been put forward as an option but the Inter Milan star is also deemed to be too expensive for Dortmund.
Others linked with replacing Haaland are Nice’s Kasper Dolberg (pictured) and Amine Gouiri
Despite the expectation that Haaland will leave, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club will not feel any financial pressure to sell their prized asset.
It had been reported that Dortmund will feel compelled to sell Haaland, who has scored 11 goals in eight matches so far this season, because they are listed on the stock exchange and will need to pay investors.
But Watzke told Sport1: ‘It has not yet been decided whether he will really leave in the summer. We’ll just have a look.
‘I heard someone say: “They have to sell Haaland because they are listed on the stock exchange.” This is all bulls**t.
‘The decision whether someone is sold at our company is made by the management and only by the management.’
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