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How Haaland Could Shock Europe

Borussia Dortmund have, in recent years, become a club known for developing and then selling some of Europe's best young talent.

Recent record departures include Ousmane Dembele, who joined FC Barcelona for £117 million (R2.4 billion), Christian Pulisic, who made the move to Chelsea for £57.60 million (R1.19 billion), and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Arsenal at a fee of £57.38 million (R1.18 billion).

Jadon Sancho, another of Dortmund's young stars, already looks like he has "one foot out the door", according to Deutsche Welle analyst Kres Harrington, who was speaking on the SL Podcast's Bundesliga Connection.

Harrington believes, however, that if BVB can get 20-year-old Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland to stay for the long term, some of their other rising stars might be tempted to do the same.

"The club is optimistic," Harrington said, "but I think it will come down to convincing Haaland to buy into their mentality and them having to shift what they've been presenting to the world lately.

"They have young talent, they then turn over that young talent and get a big return. Players seem to be using Dortmund as a launchpad.

"I'm a firm believer that 'if you lead, others will follow'. If Erling Haaland decides to shock the continent and stay at Dortmund, he could potentially turn the tide (with players like Jude) Bellingham and (Giovanni) Reyna.

"Haaland will have to want that as well. If Dortmund can stay close to Bayern Munich, that gives them a better argument to convince him to stay."

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