Erling Haaland struck up a wonderful partnership with Jadon Sancho
But the 21-year-old has a release clause in his contract which will make him available for a cut-price £68m.
That clause is set to become active at the end of the current campaign, meaning all of Europe’s top clubs will be in the mix for his signature.
However, according to Sky Sports, Dortmund are hoping to delay that clause until 2023 and double Haaland’s current salary as a sweetener to remain with the club.
The report suggests that Haaland will be offered a double-your-money contract offer of around €18m, twice as much as his existing €9m-per-year deal.
This new proposed contract would come with the proviso that he stays with the Bundesliga giants for another season, before he is free to leave the following year.
It’s a similar ploy to the one used by Dortmund in negotiations with Jadon Sancho over the past two summer transfer windows.
In 2020 Manchester United hoped to sign the England international but the player ultimately shook hands on a gentleman’s agreement which meant he was free to make the switch to Old Trafford 12 months later.
Despite his release clause being relatively low, the complete financial commitment could be more than £300m, once his salary and agent fees are added to the equation.
Haaland is one of the hottest properties in European football.
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That could rule out several prospective suitors, particularly the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose financial situations prohibit them from making such huge splashes.
It also makes a move to Bayern Munich unlikely, with ex-board member Karl-Heinz Rummenigge urging the German champions to stick with Robert Lewandowski rather than risk their financial future on one player.
“Bayern have Robert Lewandowski. He is a level above Haaland. You can’t have both in the same side, it would be madness because one would always leave the other on the bench,” Rummenigge told Sky Sports.
"With the package you end up with a three-digit million sum very quickly. That will be difficult for everyone to cope with.”
Sky Sports suggest that the Premier League remains his most likely destination, with Manchester City “the hottest candidate” to acquire his services.