Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said the club will “find another new talent” if Erling Braut Haaland leaves the club during the summer transfer window.
Haaland will have a £67m buyout clause in his BVB deal this summer and many expect him to leave, with Manchester City said to be at the head of the line for his signature.
Watzke insists the Norwegian, who has scored 80 goals and provided 21 assists in 82 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions, has yet to have any offers.
“I’ve given up judging media rumours. Otherwise, my day would have to have 36 hours,” Watzke told Bild. “We don’t currently know anything specific from the player side, nor has anyone approached us. However, we cannot keep up financially if Manchester City comes in [for Haaland].
“We’ve seen it a few times: we lost [Robert] Lewandowski to Bayern in 2014 and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang to Arsenal in 2018. We’ve always created a new star. If Haaland leaves, we will find another new talent and develop it into a star, and that will also do the Bundesliga good.”
Haaland – also tied to Real Madrid – has struggled with injuries this season but still managed to score 23 goals and six assists in 23 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.