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Jurgen Klopp Explains Why Liverpool Couldn’t Compete in Erling Haaland’s Transfer Saga

Jürgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool never had a chance of signing Erling Haaland during the January transfer window, when the Norway international joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland was linked with most top sides in Europe during the winter transfer window, but the 19-year-old and his agent Mino Raiola ultimately decided on a move to Germany – snubbing Salzburg’s sister club in Leipzig in the process.

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Dortmund Founds Sancho’s Replacement

Borussia Dortmund Identify Potential Jadon Sancho Replacement But Face Premier League competition…

Borussia Dortmund have joined a host of Premier League sides in the race to sign highly-rated Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis, with Jadon Sancho consistently linked with a move away from the club.

Dennis has made 30 appearances in all competitions for the Belgian side this season, finding the net on eight occasions, while he has also provided two assists.

Most notably, he bagged a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his side eventually drawing 2-2.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of sides, with Newcastle even making an offer to sign him in January. Belgian outlet HLN are now reporting that Borussia Dortmund have joined Premier League club’s Newcastle, Brighton, Sheffield United and Watford in the race for his signature. Elsewhere, AS Monaco and Sampdoria are also keen.

The report notes that the Bundesliga side have been in attendance to watch Dennis in action for the ‘last few weeks’. Most recently, a scout watched the Nigeria international on Wednesday as Brugge overcame S.V. Zulte Waregem 2-1.

Dennis crossed paths with Sancho in Dubai recently and the report claims that the Brugge man, who ‘knows’ about Dortmund’s interest in his services, will have spoken to the England international about the interest in him.

Jadon Sancho

Sancho has been in sensational form for BVB this campaign, having found the net 15 times in 29 games in all competitions, while he has also registered a staggering tally of 17 assists. His stunning performances have seen him linked with a whole host of top European sides, including Chelsea and Manchester United among others.

Despite the interest, a source recently told 90min that Dortmund are in no hurry to sell the 19-year-old, with the club anticipating that his value could skyrocket after Euro 2020.

It remains to be seen where Sancho will be playing his football next season, but Dortmund are keeping a ‘close eye’ on Dennis, who could be available for around €25m.


Laudable Return for Emre Can Proves He Will Strengthen Dortmund’s Midfield

Returning to your former stomping grounds can often be a baptism of fire, and that’s exactly what Emre Can experienced when he debuted for Borussia Dortmund at former club Bayer Leverkusen.

Having twice led, BVB conspired to concede two late goals in as many minutes, seeing their title charge hit another bump as they fell to a spectacular 4-3 defeat at BayArena.

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Borussia Dortmund in No Hurry to Sell Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund in No Hurry to Sell Jadon Sancho as Value Could Skyrocket After Euros…

Exclusive – Borussia Dortmund remain in no hurry to sell Jadon Sancho before Euro 2020, anticipating that his value could inflate with good performances on the international stage.

Premier League pair Manchester United and Chelsea are the main chasers for his signatures at the moment, both clubs looking to restructure their forward lines as they go through transitional periods – currently 38 and 32 points respectively behind league leaders Liverpool.

Sancho is in line to fight for a starting place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side at this summer’s continental tournament, and a strong contribution to a deep tournament run – arguably the only stage on which he is yet to prove himself – could see his price rise even further.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has refused to definitively rule out an exit for the England starlet, but told German press after the transfer deadline that no club has contacted with them with a proposal.

“The fact is no other club has contacted us so far about Jadon,” he said. “[I can’t] reliably answer today [if Sancho will stay at Dortmund beyond the summer]. What I can say for sure is that he feels very comfortable with us. Otherwise he could not produce such [high-level] performances week after week.”

There appeared to be a rift growing between Sancho and the German club as recently as November, when the young Englishman was substituted in the first half of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich – David Ornstein later writing for The Athletic that Sancho felt ‘humiliated’ by the move.

He had been dropped and fined at the end of the previous month for a late return from international duty, but the snub appears to have served only to motivate him.

Since the Bayern game, Sancho has scored and assisted in eight out of 11 starts, totalling 11 goals and eight assists in that time (including a substitute appearance against Barcelona).


E.Haaland:there is more to come.

Erling Haaland ‘Not 100% Fit’ as Record-Breaking Dortmund Star Warns There’s More to come…

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland insists he’s ‘still not 100 per cent’ fit, despite scoring seven goals in his first three appearances – averaging a goal every 19 minutes thus far.

Haaland swapped Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund during the January transfer window, snubbing interest from other top sides across Europe in an £18m deal.

He scored a debut hat-trick against Augsburg and twice against FC Köln, both of which were as a substitute, but after netting another two from the start in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 win over Union Berlin, Haaland warned he’s still not at full fitness.

Erling Haaland
“It was pretty tough today, but it was also nice to play from the start,” Haaland said, quoted by Goal. “I have to get even fitter, I am still not 100 per cent.”

The Norway international has reached his tally of seven Bundesliga goals quicker than any other player in the competition’s history, adding another record to his name following a stunning start to the season in Austria.

In addition, each of the striker’s first seven shots in Germany have resulted in goals.

Haaland became the first player to ever score six goals in his opening three Champions League appearances during his time in Salzburg, going on to score 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Red Bull backed club across all competitions.

The 19-year-old will be looking to score in another competition in midweek when Borussia Dortmund travel to face Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal.

The Champions League knockout stages are also just around the corner, with Dortmund set to welcome their former manager Thomas Tuchel back to the Westfalenstadion in their two-legged clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

Erling Haaland,Jadon Sancho
Haaland isn’t the only teenager to be breaking records at Borussia Dortmund this season either, as Jadon Sancho scored his 25th Bundesliga goal against Union Berlin on Saturday.

The England international became the youngest player in German top-flight history to reach that milestone.


Dortmund Confirms Emre Can on loan

Borussia Dortmund Confirm Signing of Emre Can From juventus…

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Juventus’ Emre Can on loan, with the midfielder set to join on a permanent basis if certain parameters are met.

Former Liverpool star Can has struggled since leaving Anfield for Turin and was left out of the Serie A side’s Champions League squad by Maurizio Sarri earlier this season, the Germany international admitting back in September he was ‘shocked and angry’ over the omission.

He will get the chance to play in Europe’s elite club competition with Dortmund, with the Bundesliga outfit set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

“Borussia Dortmund has signed German international Emre Can from Italian champions Juventus Turin with immediate effect.

“The 26-year-old will be loaned until the end of the season. If agreed parameters are met, the loan is then transferred to a fixed transfer.”

Can added: “I think the team has great potential and can win something. I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time.”

Can joined Juventus from Liverpool in 2018 and enjoyed a reasonably good first season with La Vecchia Signora, featuring in 37 games in all competitions, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana.

However, the massive competition for places under Sarri has seen Can’s game time decrease, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira all above him in the pecking order.

Juventus v Cagliari Calcio – Serie A
The 26-year-old was also said to be interesting Premier League sides Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, while former club Bayern Munich were also linked before he sealed the move to Signal Iduna Park.

The deal will give Dortmund added depth in central midfield, with BVB having previously sold Julian Weigl to Portuguese side Benfica.


B.Dortmund convince Erling Haaland to join them (How?)

Borussia Dortmund used their own players, Puma’s CEO and a structured career development plan during their three-year scouting mission to convince Erling Haaland to join the club – snubbing RB Leipzig, Juventus and Manchester United in the process.

The Norway international was one of the most talked-about players in the build-up to the January transfer window, but just days before the new year it was confirmed that Haaland would move to Borussia Dortmund for €20m.

In a lengthy explanation about how Borussia Dortmund ended up signing Haaland – a player they first scouted in 2016 – The Athletic report that midfielder Thomas Delaney ‘coordinated a charm offensive’ to convince the teenager to make the move.

The Norwegian CEO of Puma, Bjorn Gulden, was also called upon by the club to encourage Haaland to join Borussia Dortmund.

As part of those discussions, Haaland was apparently offered a lucrative offer to be sponsored by Puma, although it’s been warned that his agent Mino Raiola might use that as a negotiating tactic to get a better deal from his current sponsor, Nike.

Crucially, BVB formulated a development plan for Haaland like no other club and they kept in contact with the 19-year-old throughout the process – unlike Manchester United, who sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to speak to him just the once.

They were able to convince Haaland that he was needed at Borussia Dortmund more than any other club, while it’s suggested that the chance to play regularly at the Westfalenstadion also played a role in his decision.

Talking to The Athletic about Dortmund’s scouting process with Haaland, chief scout Markus Pilawa said: “There was a debate whether it made sense to bring him into the club for the academy but he chose to go to Red Bull Salzburg in 2018.

“It made evaluating him regularly easier for us.

“There’s never a guarantee that someone scoring in Austria will continue at the same rate in the Bundesliga and deal with the higher tempo and intensity, but there are factors that determine the probabilities of success.

“We look at the physical development and his personality. How does he deal with setbacks and mistakes? What’s his body language?

“Later, when things become more concrete, you try to scout a player’s character off the pitch as well, looking at the way he conducts himself in meetings and so




Benfica announces a new signing.

Benfica Announce Signing of Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Julian Weigl in €20m transfer.

Portuguese giants S.L. Benfica have announced the arrival of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl in a €20m deal ahead of the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old has spent the last four and a half years at Borussia Dortmund where he emerged as one of the most promising defensive midfielders in Europe, attracting interest from a host of top clubs across the continent.

Julian Weigl

But things haven’t gone Weigl’s way in recent seasons and that’s seen fall down the pecking order with the Black and Yellows.

The Germany international has been tipped to leave Borussia Dortmund for some time, and S.L. Benfica have now confirmed that they’ve reached an agreement to sign Weigl in a €20m deal once the transfer window re-opens.

Benfica haven’t confirmed the length of the contract that Weigl will sign at the Estádio da Luz.

“I would like to thank my teammates, BVB employees and all fans of this great club for a great time and will always have Borussia Dortmund at heart,” Weigl said via Dortmund’s official website upon the announcement.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, added: “Julian came to us with this wish and we agreed – also because of his services to the club. We wish him all the best for his future!”

Weigl made 171 appearances for Borussia Dortmund across all competitions during his spell with the club – featuring predominantly in midfield but also recently as a makeshift centre-back.

He was part of their squad that lifted the DFB-Pokal trophy in 2017 as well as the German Supercup at the start of the season.

At Benfica, Weigl will join the likes of former Real Madrid striker Raúl de Tomás, ex-Premier League star Adel Taarabt and Portugal international Pizzi.


Shocking: Paco Alcacer wants to exit Dortmund after Haland’s arrival.

Paco Alcacer Wants to Leave Borussia Dortmund After Erling Haaland Arrival

Erling Haaland’s arrival at Borussia Dortmund has made more waves than anticipated, with the German giants’ only other recognised striker Paco Alcacer believed to be seeking an exit route.

Alcacer has reportedly told Dortmund officials that he wants to leave the club just 24 hours after the arrival of the prodigal 19-year-old from RB Salzburg.

Spanish publication Marca claims that Atlético Madrid have already made contact with unsettled Alcacer, with a view to a transfer when the January window opens in a matter of days.

Paco Alcacer

Dortmund confirmed the arrival of Haaland on Sunday, ending months of speculation surrounding his future after a prolific start to the 2019/20 season in Austria. The Germans reportedly paid €20m to activate the young Norwegian’s release clause, while they also had to pay an additional €10m to Haaland’s father to obtain 100% rights to the striker.

They also had to pay a whopping €15m commission to agent Raiola – which is exactly what convinced Manchester United to pull the plug on their own attempts to sign Haaland.

While it seems like a good deal all round for such a talent, one man who has apparently been left miffed is Paco Alcacer. The player – who is close with Atléti striker Alvaro Morata – is said to want to return to Spain and will want sufficient game time with Euro 2020 on the horizon, with his place in the Spain squad in the balance.

Atlético are interested in both the 26-year-old and veteran Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, but the latter’s hefty wages are considered problematic.

Marca reports that Atléti may take Alcacer on loan for the remainder of the season with an obligation to buy in the summer. He would cost in the region of €30m, the same figure Dortmund paid Barcelona for him in the summer following his successful loan spell.

Haaland is believed to have chosen Dortmund because there was the clearest route to the first team, and that route may become even clearer with Alcacer’s departure. Depending on the outcome, Dortmund may be forced into the market for a striker once again as their options are diminished.


Dormund Confirms Haland’s signing announcement.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the arrival of Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland ahead of the January transfer window.

The Norway international has scored 28 goals in 22 games across all competitions this season, while having a helping hand in further seven.

Haaland has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe this season, but Borussia Dortmund have now confirmed that they’ve won the race for his signature.

The 19-year-old has signed a contract at the Westfalenstadion until 2024.

“Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told the club’s official website.

“Our tenacity has paid off.”

Also speaking upon the announcement, sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We can all look forward to an ambitious, athletic and physically strong centre-forward with a pronounced goal instinct and impressive speed, which we would like to develop further in Dortmund.

“At the age of 19, Erling is of course just beginning a hopefully great career!”

Haaland will now join former Barcelona striker Paco Alcácer as the only recognised centre-forward at Borussia Dortmund.

Alcácer has been forced to miss large spells throughout his career at Dortmund due to injury, forcing Mario Götze out of position to lead the line for Lucien Favre’s side.

Borussia Dortmund have also been short in numbers this season specifically following their decision to sell Alexander Isak to Real Sociedad during the summer transfer window.

Haaland had been linked with Manchester United for quite some time due to his links with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while he’d also been tipped to stay in Red Bull’s system by joining their club in Leipzig.

Erling Braut Håland
Italian champions Juventus were most recently suggested to have reached a verbal agreement with Haaland ahead of the January transfer window, which upon Borussia Dortmund’s confirmation quite clearly isn’t true.

Haaland only spent 12 months on the books at Red Bull Salzburg having arrived midway through last season from Molde.

In 27 appearances across all competitions from the Austrian giants, Haaland has scored 29 goals and picked up seven assists throughout his short career in Salzburg


Erling Haland Signs In For Dortmund.

Manchester United missed out on the signing of Erling Haaland due to a refusal to meet representative Mino Raiola’s demands.

The Norwegian striker’s 28 goals in 22 games for RB Leipzig this season sparked a fight of epic proportions for his signature, with United thought to be leading the way for long spells due to the player’s connections with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with whom he worked at Molde.

Juventus and Salsburg’s sister club RB Leipzig were also in the frame, but in the end it was Dortmund who won the race, announcing his signing on Sunday ahead of the January window after meeting his release clause reported to be somewhere between €20-30m.

It comes as disappointing news for United, but according to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, it wasn’t Haaland’s lack of desire to join Manchester United that caused the move to fall through. The demands of the infamous Raiola, who had been central to negotiations with all four clubs, are said to have been too much for United to stomach.

United were interested in Haaland but refused to meet terms of the deal proposed by Raiola and his representatives. Wanted a buyout and percentage of future sale. United said no. Presumably Dortmund have agreed.

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Dawson explained on Twitter that the player’s representatives demanded the club include a buyout clause and a percentage of any potential future transfer. With United seemingly keen to maximise any potential income received from his sale down the line, they bid the forward adieu to focus on other targets.

According to Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, however, the decision was Haaland’s alone, with the appeal of the ongoing project at the club central to his decision to reject all other comers and make the January switch to Lucien Favre’s men.

“Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him,” he said. “Our tenacity has paid off.”


2-1: Borussia Dortmund fall prey at Hoffenheim’s rage.

Borussia Dortmund were made to pay for their inefficiency in front of goal as Hoffenheim fired two late goals to pick up a surprise 2-1 victory.

Lucien Favre’s side came into the game on a five-match unbeaten run and were looking to close the gap to Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

They got off to a good start, with Mario Götze firing home from close range after 17 minutes to give Dortmund the lead. The German finished off an impressive team move, but it was not a sign of things to come.

Instead, Hoffenheim grew into the game and came close to grabbing a quick reply. Robert Skov saw his free-kick cannon back off the bar, but Dortmund looked to be doing their job well enough as the hosts could not find a way through.

Favre’s men created plenty of good opportunities, with Jadon Sancho and Nico Schulz both coming close, but they were unable to put the game out of the hosts reach.

They paid for their profligacy in the 79th minute as substitute Sargis Adamyan powered home an equaliser, and things went from bad to worse eight minutes later when Andrej Kramarić headed home to complete the comeback.

Dortmund pushed for their own equaliser but could not find it before the full-time whistle, bringing their five-game unbeaten streak to a sudden end.

The loss leaves Dortmund in fourth place in the Bundesliga, but they could drop down to fifth if Schalke can beat Freiburg at the weekend.

The biggest concern for Favre will be the fact that his side now run the risk of seeing their title rivals pull away from them. Bayern Munich are only ahead on goal difference, while Borussia Mönchengladbach and leaders Leipzig remain four points clear, but all three of those sides now have a game in hand.

Dortmund could now enter the winter break outside the top four, so they will be desperate to bounce back when they return to action against Augsburg on 18 January.