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Erling Haaland turned down a ‘best offer’ from Manchester United before joining Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola turned down a ‘best offer’ from Manchester United before signing for Borussia Dortmund, reveals the German team’s CEO, as he claims they realized that ‘he is better off with us’

  • Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020
  • Manchester United was also strongly linked to the signing of the forward at the time.
  • Dortmund CEO has admitted his offer for Haaland ‘was not the best’
  • He claims the forward knew he was ‘better’ at Dortmund than at Old Trafford


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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that Erling Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola turned down a “best offer” from Manchester United to join the Bundesliga team.

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

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

Erling Haaland has become one of the best strikers in the world at Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland has become one of the best strikers in the world at Borussia Dortmund

Watzke, however, has admitted that his team’s bid for the Norwegian star “was not the best.”

German publication Sport1 They have posted comments from the CEO of Dortmund saying: ‘Manchester United’s offer was better.

“However, Mino Raiola realized that Erling is better off with us.”

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

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

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

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said his bid for Haaland 'was not the best'

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said his bid for Haaland 'was not the best'

Mino Raiola and Haaland 'realized' that they were better in Dortmund

Mino Raiola and Haaland 'realized' that they were better in Dortmund

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

Dortmund is well known for being a good breeding ground for the best young and future football stars.

Jadon Sancho enjoyed a very successful season with the German team before completing his £ 73 million move to Manchester United in the summer.

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

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

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

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

Watzke said: ‘People realize that talented people make breakthrough with us faster.

“That is a strong argument for the players, the parents of the players and the advisers.”

“The fact that we discovered the players on our own has disappeared. But we get it. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play. ”

Although Manchester United failed to sign the striker, they are from many clubs that might look to pursue him next summer when his £ 64m release clause takes effect.

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