Borussia Dortmund are looking to sign a new striker this summer to replace the Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland, and Sasa Kalajdzic is said to be one of the names on their list of targets. The VfB Stuttgart striker is also wanted by the likes of Bayern Munich, Paris St. Germain and Manchester United.
Kalajdzic has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich in recent weeks and even had a meeting with the Bundesliga champions last week. But recent reports claim that the 24-year-old would prefer to join Borussia Dortmund over Bayern Munich. This is because he reportedly feels that he has a better chance of being a regular starter in Dortmund.
The Bavarians are looking for a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who wants to leave the club this summer.
Dortmund is the strongest competitor of Bayern for the signing of Kalajdzic, but there has been significant interest from various top clubs in Europe. The Bavarian club will have to quickly reach an agreement with him or risk losing to Dortmund or another European club. The next few weeks will give clarity about Kalajdzic. Stuttgart is reportedly looking to get 25-30 million euros for the Austrian striker.
Kalajdzic is not the only striker Borussia Dortmund are considering. Sebastien Haller is reportedly the Black and Yellows’ top target to replace Haaland, while the highly-rated Hugo Ekitike is also said to be on their list of targets. But the BVB bosses will probably need to sell some players before they can bring in a new striker.
A number of other clubs are also interested in signing Kalajdzic, who has scored 24 goals in 57 appearances since joining Stuttgart in 2019. The Austrian international has one year left on his current contract.
Not in a rush
The 24-year-old is currently on international duty with Austria, being managed by former United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Kalajdzic spoke about his future last week ahead of Austria’s upcoming fixtures and made it clear that he wants to keep all his options open for now.
“There will be no rush decision,” Kalajdzic said. “It’s about finding what’s best for me. Nothing is ruled out, I am open to everything. I don’t know where the road will lead. There are many things going on in the background.”
At 6ft7’, Kalajdzic is the tallest player in the Bundesliga, and his physique and style-of-play has been likened to former England striker Peter Crouch.