Although a rather long queue will have already been forming for the services of Erling Braut Haaland in the immediate future, it will appear they may be disappointed with the answer they receive from Borussia Dortmund regarding his availability.
Indeed, the Norway international has been nothing but sensational since emerging as a talented forward and his performances for the BVB have done nothing but seen his stock rise. His displays may have actually increased the coverage that the German league receives as he is the main focus of Bundesliga News for much of the time.
However, Dortmund are obviously very aware of the interest that their 20-year-old superstar has been able to attract and Michael Zorc has basically told them they have no chance of making him theirs.
The current director has proven a tough individual to do business with when clubs have tried to prize away some of their other talented stars in the past and Haaland will only be even more difficult than those that have left before him.
The forward has carved a deadly reputation of himself when in front of goal and has already amassed 33 goals in the 31 matches he has played for the Signal Idunda Park Stadion outfit since completing an £18 million switch from Red Bull Salzburg less than 12 months ago.
Real Madrid are one such side that are interested in signing him, but Zorc has no intention of letting Haaland go, despite the reported €75 million (£67m) release clause in his current contract, which will become active in 2022. However, Zinedine Zidane hardly gave anything away with his response to the question asked, although there are suggestions he could be a great fit for Los Blancos.
“We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all. I will see him with us for a long time,” he is reported as saying by Goal.
“You don’t have to ground him at all. He exudes such a positive dynamic. Why should we slow it down now?
“He is leading the way, that is very good for us. I do not believe in artificially slowing positive developments.”
For Dortmund, their attention will turn to their Bundesliga match against 1.FC Koln this weekend as they aim to keep the pressure on Bayern Munich as they sit just one point behind the current champions and leaders.
Qualification in the UEFA Champions League is still on the table for the Signal Iduna Park Stadion outfit as well, although they will need to be at their best to defeat SS Lazio at home next week.