Borussia Dortmund Confirm Talks With Erling Haaland's Agent Over Barcelona and Real Madrid Rumours

Erling Haaland's reps met with Barcelona and Real Madrid to discuss a move
Erling Haaland's reps met with Barcelona and Real Madrid to discuss a move / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed talks with Mino Raiola over Erling Haaland's future as links to Real Madrid and Barcelona continue.

Spanish publication Sport sparked rumours earlier this week after posting pictures of Alf-Inge Haaland and Raiola arriving in Barcelona. The report also claimed that the pair had been met by Joan Laporta's assistant at the airport.

Zorc responded briefly to Sky Germany when asked about the rumours. "I spoke to Raiola yesterday,” he said before adding, “We made our intention clear."

Zorc has long maintained Haaland will stay with Dortmund for at least another season. "We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all. I can see him with us for a long time."

Last month, Zorc re-stated his desire to keep hold of Haaland to Welt am Sonntag as he said, "I have never seen someone like him. We can search Europe-wide. If he ever left us to go somewhere, there would only be a handful of clubs, but we'll try to keep him as long as possible for sporting reasons."

Raiola also insisted last month that his client will stay put at Dortmund until next season, but admitted that things are changing quickly. "He has to continue to grow. He will stay in Dortmund for as long as is necessary," Raiola told Marca.

A number of clubs from Europe's top-five leagues have been interested in signing the 20-year-old, who has scored 33 goals in 31 games for Dortmund this season, including 10 in six Champions League games, making him one of the most coveted players in the world.