As the transfer of Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund was announced at the end of 2019, Raphael Honigstein set about uncovering the decision-making tree that brought the hottest young striker in football to the Bundesliga. It was, as he remembers, something of a detective story, and he spoke to almost every participant: scouts, agents, directors, and people close to the brilliant footballer himself.
A little over two months later, it already seems like a seismic piece of business for Dortmund, and it’s rare to read an inside account of a deal of this level. Raphael’s piece is still available at The Athletic. If you haven’t subscribed but are considering it, you can go through his own landing page to let them know who brought you in.
This is Martin’s chat with Rapha about the writing of the piece.
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