The former Blancos player and gaffer forms a part of a growing fan base when it comes to a youngster shining in German Soccer.
Erling Haaland is attractive for any club, admits Aitor Karanka, with the former Real Madrid participant and coach not surprised to see that the thrilling Borussia Dortmund striker sparking talk of interest from Santiago Bernabeu.
The Norwegian youngster only secured a switch to Germany through the winter transfer window. His exploits at Red Bull Salzburg had attracted him on the radar of leading sides around Europe, with a glowing start to life in Dortmund seeing him attain the 40-goal mark for 2019-20.
The 19-year-old is now regarded as a top target for Real Madrid, together with the Blancos eternally on the market for the very best known and possible talent. Haaland ticks both of the boxes and could go on to become another ‘Galactico’ in the Spanish capital.
Madrid are, however, not the sole side keeping a close eye on his development, with a scramble likely to be sparked if another exit door were to open.
Karanka admits that Haaland is an attractive option for any team seeking to bring added firepower in their various ranks, together with his former employers in Bernabeu falling into that category.
He told EFE of Haaland: “He’s a young striker and he scores goals. It’s clear that he has everything and even more in Borussia Dortmund.
“He is no longer a participant who comes in playing in a minor league. He arrived at Dortmund and scored important goals, both in the league and the Champions League, and I believe what makes him even more appealing is his price tag.
“I believe that any big team is eager to bring in players who score goals. Whenever there’s a young player, with goals and also at the price, which I presume is not too high, he is appealing for any club.”
Dortmund required only €20 million to property Haaland in January, with a relatively low release clause triggered by his contract at Salzburg.
His reputation and price tag has continued to rise since then and while Karanka feels that he could be acquired in a different deal arrangement, Dortmund, who’ve made it clear that they don’t have any intention of sanctioning a sale, can be expected to demand large money for a prized asset.