Sébastien Haller has been associated with Borussia Dortmund for weeks. What was only loose speculation could now become reality. Because the striker apparently wants to switch to BVB.
Borussia Dortmund may have found a direct replacement for Erling Haaland, who switched to Manchester City in the summer. BVB transfer target: Sébastien Haller from Ajax Amsterdam. According to information from “Spiegel”, the interest is mutual. Means: Dortmund wants Haller, Haller wants to Borussia. The news magazine says that “both sides now prefer a common future.”
However, it remains to be seen whether this will actually become a reality. There are several reasons for this: According to “Spiegel”, BVB still has to give up players in order to free up the transfer and salary budget for Haller. The sale of defender Manuel Akanji, which is already on the agenda, is conceivable. The Swiss, who until recently refused an extension, is said to bring in up to 30 million euros. In addition to Akanji, there are other exit candidates.
Those responsible in Dortmund could then invest this money in Haller, who, according to the report, would cost up to 35 million euros. The attacker knows the Bundesliga very well and played extremely successfully for Eintracht Frankfurt between 2017 and 2019 (33 goals and 19 assists in 77 games).
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Even then, Haller was targeted by BVB with these values. At that time, according to “WAZ”, there was no change due to the transfer fee being too high. Premier League club West Ham United finally transferred a whopping 50 million euros three years ago for the now 27-year-old, who finally ended up at Ajax Amsterdam in early 2021, where he signed on for half the amount until 2025.
In 2021/22, the twelve-time international player from Ivory Coast will have 21 goals and seven assists in the Eredivisie. His eleven goals in eight Champions League games are also impressive – including the two goals against BVB in the group phase.
Haller, who was able to celebrate the championship title with Ajax, would be the second big transfer for the offensive after Karim Adeyemi.