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Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho cost Borussia Dortmund less than £30m but summer transfers could bring big profit as Man United and Man City circle

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Borussia Dortmund have two of the most coveted young talents in world football playing for them and they 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.

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Haaland and Sancho are two of the best young players in world football

Haaland got on the scoresheet twice for the visitors as they romped to a 4-0 win against Schalke

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Haaland got on the scoresheet twice for the visitors as they romped to a 4-0 win against Schalke

They’ve already lit up the Bundesliga and the Champions League for Dortmund, and transfer speculation is a constant for the two wonderkids.

They were at it again on Saturday as Dortmund beat Schalke 4-0.

Sancho opened the scoring for his side after 42 minutes and became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 35 goals.

He then provided an assist to his teammate when he clipped in a ball to Haaland who then produced an incredible scissor kick from around 12 yards out.

The Norway striker, who looks unstoppable at the moment, added another in the second half.

The striker has 17 goals in 17 league games this season and 43 goals in 43 appearances for Dortmund since he joined from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

“Erling is an absolute machine,” Marco Reus said after the derby win against Schalke. “He’s very hungry for goals. You see that in every game. We hope that he continues like this.”

And after thanking fans for their support on Twitter, ‘Come to Chelsea’ briefly trended with many fans watching him play and hoping he wears blue next season.

Adrian Durham full of praise for Dortmund’s Erling Haaland who he says has a bit of Van Nistelrooy, Henry and Batistuta in him

However, Manchester United have been heavily linked with the player, as have Man City.

“We’ve got a plan to become a very successful Man United team – and a team that top players want to play for,” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“It’s down to us to keep improving and getting closer to the trophies. I can’t say anything about individuals. But we’ve got the backing.”

If Sancho and Haaland have serious aspirations to win domestic and European honours, they are likely to seek moves elsewhere – perhaps as early as this summer.

Dortmund have already rebuffed several attempts by United to sign Sancho, while Real Madrid are another side keen on Haaland.

Dortmund could command transfer fees in excess of £250million for the pair, or even more if they play their cards right.

Sancho and Haaland have starred for Dortmund this season

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Sancho and Haaland have starred for Dortmund this season

Erling Haaland

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.

Erling Haaland was on top form in the Champions League this week

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Erling Haaland was on top form in the Champions League this week

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.

Jadon Sancho

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.

Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to Man United

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Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to Man United

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.

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