Borussia Dortmund currently own two of the most coveted young talents in world football who could net them staggering transfer fees in the near future.
Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho have the world at their feet, and both are still aged just 20.
They’ve already lit up the Bundesliga and the Champions League for Dortmund, and transfer speculation is a constant for the two wonderkids.
The German club are unlikely to be able to keep hold of both players for much longer, even at this early stage of their careers.
The Bundesliga is dominated by Bayern Munich, who are top of the table again after winning the treble last season.
If the pair have serious aspirations to win domestic and European honours, they are likely to seek moves elsewhere – perhaps as early as this summer.
They have already rebuffed several attempts by Manchester United to sign Sancho, while the vultures are circling for Haaland.
Dortmund could extort transfer fees in excess of £250million for the pair, or even more if they play their cards right.
Dortmund won the race to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 for a miserly £19.5m, due to his release clause.
Since then, he’s netted 42 times in 41 games and shown he can perform against the best clubs in Europe.
The German club face a tricky situation over what to do with the striker this summer.
He has a transfer release clause that will not become active until 2022, but this is for just £65m.
On the open market he would be worth far greater – by some estimations around £150m.
There’s nothing to stop Dortmund cashing in now before the transfer clause becomes active and clubs are likely to be queuing 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 hinted that a sensational swoop for Haaland could be on the cards if he’s voted in.
However, the Catalan club’s dire financial circumstances make this seem unlikely at the moment.
The England International was signed by Dortmund from Man City in 2017 for just £8m.
Since then, he’s developed into one of the most exciting forwards in Europe.
Last season, Sancho scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in the Bundesliga. He’s not been so prolific this season, with just four goals and seven assists, but that is unlikely to put suitors off.
Man United were strong favourites to sign the 20-year-old last summer and are believed to have seen an offer knocked back as it didn’t meet BVB’s valuation.
Dortmund are said to have wanted a fee in the region of £108m.
“Jadon was subconsciously set on a move,” Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke later said.
That may have been an explanation to his slow start to the season but things have picked up in recent weeks.
United were the only bidders last summer amid uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
p class=”p1″>More clubs could enter the race at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and drive the price even higher.
German publication Bild claim Dortmund would rather sell Sancho this summer and keep hold of Haaland, despite the latter’s release clause becoming active next year.
The report states a transfer fee of around £104m is deemed acceptable, with 15 per cent believed to be owed to Man City as part of a sell-on clause.