Borussia Dortmund have two of the most coveted young talents in world football playing for them and they could earn them staggering transfer fees in the near future.
Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho have the world at their feet, and both are still only 20 years old.
They’ve already lit up the Bundesliga and Champions League for Dortmund, and transfer speculation is a constant for both wonders.
They were there again on Saturday as Dortmund beat Schalke 4-0.
Sancho opened the scoring for his side after 42 minutes and became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 35 goals.
He then provided an assist for his teammate when he kicked a ball to Haaland, who then produced an incredible scissor kick from around 12 yards.
The Norwegian striker, who seems unstoppable for the moment, added another in the second half.
The forward has 17 goals in 17 league appearances this season and 43 goals in 43 appearances for Dortmund since joining Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
“Erling is an absolute machine,” said Marco Reus after the derby victory over Schalke. “He’s very hungry for goals. You see this in every game. We hope he will continue like this.
And after thanking fans for their support on Twitter, ‘Come to Chelsea’ briefly followed many fans who watch him play and hope he wears blue next season.
However, Manchester United have been heavily linked with the player, as have Man City.
“We have a plan to become a very successful Man United team – and a team that the best players want to play for,” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
“It’s up to us to keep improving and getting closer to the trophies. I can’t say anything about individuals. But we have the support.
If Sancho and Haaland are serious about winning national and European honors, they will likely look to move elsewhere – perhaps as early as this summer.
Dortmund have already repelled several United attempts to sign Sancho and reports on Monday suggest the club have ‘cooled their interest’ in the player, while Real Madrid are another team passionate about Haaland.
Dortmund could demand a transfer fee of over £ 250million for the pair, if not more if they play their cards correctly.
Dortmund won the race to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 for a stingy £ 19.5million, due to his release clause.
Since then he has scored 42 times in 41 games and has shown he can play against the best clubs in Europe.
The German club face a sticky situation over what to do with the striker this summer.
He has a transfer release clause which will only become active in 2022, but for just £ 65million.
On the free market it would be worth a lot more – by some estimates around £ 150million.
There is nothing to stop Dortmund from cashing in now before the transfer clause becomes active and clubs are likely to line up to sign him.
Manchester City, Man United and Chelsea have all been linked with the 20-year-old, as well as Barcelona.
Barca presidential hopeful Joan Laporta has hinted that a sensational blow to Haaland could be in the cards if he votes.
However, the dire financial situation of the Catalan club makes this unlikely at the moment.
The England International was signed by Dortmund from Man City in 2017 for just £ 8million.
He has since become one of the most exciting strikers in Europe.
Last season, Sancho scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in the Bundesliga. He hasn’t been so prolific this season, scoring just four goals and seven assists, but that is unlikely to deter suitors.
Man United were a big favorite to sign the 20-year-old last summer and have reportedly seen an offer rejected as it did not match BVB’s assessment.
Dortmund are said to have wanted fees in the order of £ 108million.
“Jadon was subconsciously inclined to move,” Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said later.
That may have been one explanation for his slow start to the season, but things have improved in recent weeks.
However, on Monday, reports suggested United had cooled their interest in Sancho.
According to The Athletic, while there is still interest from Manchester in the prodigy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United hierarchy are less likely to make a move this time around.
Although Sancho is a year closer to the end of his contract (June 2023), the financial implications of COVID-19 have impacted clubs around the world and it is understood that the Premier League team have ` “ suspended ” his offer.