Erling Braut Haaland might be playing for Borussia Dortmund and tearing apart defences at will but he could have been plying his trade for another club in Germany had it not been for Hoffenheim’s strict wage structure.
According to a report from AS, Haaland had a trial with Hoffenheim in 2016 and was close to joining them but the deal fell through at the last minute due to the youngster’s demands.
The German side had a wage policy at the time that allowed a salary cap of €2000 for youth team players. The Norwegian’s advisors, however, thought that the player’s talent deserved a better economic return and hence asked for €5000 but the German outfit rejected their demands and the deal broke down.
In the end, the youngster opted to join Molde back in his country and then was poached by Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, where he went on to score 29 goals from just 27 matches.
After that, in the recently-concluded January transfer window, the teenager was signed by Borussia Dortmund, where he made an incredible start with 8 goals from just 5 matches, which included a hattrick on his debut from the bench.
If he keeps up this form, it won’t be long before he makes a move to a European giant but Hoffenheim might be regretting their decision to not make an exception with regards to such a special talent.