Long-time Bundesliga coach Friedhelm Funkel believes that the transfer of Niklas Süle from FC Bayern to Borussia Dortmund could influence Erling Haaland’s future decision. Will the shooting star stay with BVB for another year?
Borussia Dortmund has significantly upgraded its defense for the coming season. In Niklas Süle, an experienced German national player comes to BVB on a free transfer, who will not only strengthen the defense but could possibly also influence further personnel decisions, at least that’s what Friedhelm Funkel believes, who has coached numerous clubs in the German upper house for the past thirty years.
Süle was “a very, very good choice” for the Black and Yellows, Funkel praised those responsible for BVB on “Sky”. The signing is “an important step” for the 68-year-old to stay on Bayern’s heels, “a step that was missing to properly stabilize the defense”.
The next task is now to clarify the “Haaland question”. The Norwegian striker can leave Borussia in the summer for a stipulated fee in the range of 75m-90m and has been linked with Europe’s top clubs for months.
“If they lose Haaland, an important part of attacking Bayern is gone. But we don’t know that yet,” explained Funkel. “In the current situation, it is exactly the right step to stabilize the defensive position. With a German national player who brings speed, is strong in the air and robust.”
Funkel: If Haaland sees that Süle is coming to BVB, then…
This building block could be important to convince Haaland to stay, Funkel continued. Real Madrid, the attacker’s dream club, finally wants to sign Kylian Mbappé. “Then you have with me [Karim] Benzema and Mbappé are two absolute top strikers and I don’t know whether Real Haaland can still afford this summer,” said Funkel, adding: “Benzema’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 – then Haaland could still change. “
In addition, it is often forgotten that Haaland is only 21 years old. “When he sees that Niklas Süle, a top player in defence, has been signed, that could direct his thoughts more towards Borussia Dortmund for the coming season,” said Funkel.
If Haaland actually stays in the end, according to the former Bundesliga coach, the left-back position would have to be improved in order to become really dangerous for Bayern.
“With Raphael Guerreiro there is actually an offensive player who could be much more valuable for BVB as an attacker further up the field. He runs all over the pitch and that means there are always holes in the defense. If a strong defensive player came there, he could BVB even closer to Bayern.