Former Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that Juventus came ‘close’ to signing Erling Haaland for €2m while at Molde, and deems the failure to get the transfer over the line as one of his ‘biggest regrets.’
The Norwegian superstar is now one of the most sought-after players in world football. There will be a scramble for his signature next summer, when a release clause means he will be available for around €70m – an absolute bargain given his performances and limitless potential.
But Haaland’s career could have taken a very different path had a move to Juventus materialised as planned. Marotta, the Bianconeri’s former sporting director, has described the 21-year-old’s failed move to Turin as one of his ‘biggest regrets’ after they let a €2m deal slip through their fingers.
“One of my biggest regrets was Haaland deal. I was Juventus CEO and we had the chance to sign him for €2m from Molde…it was close,” Marotta said. “Now it’s impossible to see Haaland in Serie A – there’s no chance for Italian clubs to sign him next summer.”
Haaland opted for a switch to Red Bull Salzburg instead in January 2019, and it was here that he exploded onto the European scene, particularly impressing in the Champions League. He scored 16 goals in 14 league games over the first half of the 2019/20 season, convincing Borussia Dortmund to nip in ahead of Europe’s onlookers and land one of the hottest prospects in the business.
From there, Haaland has only grown in stature, scoring a bucketload of goals with a ratio better than a goal a game across all competitions. His devastating ability in front of goal makes him the most prolific and wanted striker on the market, and he looks destined to leave Dortmund in the summer to join one of the few heavyweights of the game.