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The Daily Bee (December 30th, 2019): Haaland in - Alcacer out?

What effect will the Haaland-transfer have on the BVB roster?

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

The arrival of Erling Haaland has been some excellent news for BVB-fans at the end of the year, however not everyone seems to be happy about our new striker.

One of them is certainly Paco Alacer. The Spaniard already struggled to get minutes with his constant injury-problems and Favre’s switch to the 3-4-3 with Reus up top. With Haaland in the mix this won’t get much better which is why Alcacer has apparently already requested a transfer.

According to Marca, Atletico Madrid have made contact with the centre forward and are interested to bring him back to Spain. The report claims Alcacer could move on loan to Atletico for the remainder of the season with an obligation to buy in the summer for around 30€ million.

  • Details from the Haaland-deal

First of all to avoid any misinformation, Borussia Dortmund will be able to nominate Erling Haaland for their Champions League squad going forward. This means he will be available for the matches against PSG.

According to Bild, the transfer fee for Haaland was relatively low at only 20€ million thanks to a release clause in his contract. In addition to that the striker will get 8€ million per year and his agent, Mino Raiola, will get an agent fee of 3€ million for the transfer. In total this will still be a relatively cheap tranfer for Dortmund considering the usual fees for strikers.

BVB have beaten out some namely competition for Haaland like Manchester United, Juventus and RB Leipzig. Especially the British fans and tabloids seem to be shocked by this development and are looking for explanations.

One of them seems to be the rumor of a possible release clause in his contract and a sell-on clause for the player in his contract, first reported by The Times. Since the Götze-fiasco Borussia Dortmund have strictly refused to include release clauses in players contracts and there is no obvious reason to break that stance here. Unless the club the existence of such a clause we can safely assume that it doesn’t exist. As for a sell-on clause, securing Haaland and Raiola a percentage of a future transfer fee, that could still be possible and is not necessarily unusual in modern football.

A more likely explanation for Haaland’s decision is very simply that he joined the club that can guarantee him playing time and has the best track-record of developing young players.