Surprising that Dortmund managed to snap up this lad and Haaland with such ease. For a team that likes to have the profile of potential with high sell on value, we sure do miss out on a lot of players in that bracket. About £40mill combined for them 2 players is what Dortmund paid? Now it will take best part of £150-200mill for someone to sign them both.
I think there is an element of ''the player wants that move'' that helps BVB snap up those transfers. I'm pretty sure if we had offered him or Haaland the same contract BVB offered to them and were ready to pay whatever transfer fee their clubs wanted they would've still ended up in Dortmund.
The way I see it is that BVB developed a niche market for themselves where they pretty much tell the player, ''you're 18/19 right now, come play for us 2 or 3 years at a salary lower than what you'd get at a Bayern, LFC or Chelsea but with guaranteed quality starting 11 type of minutes in an organization that has proven it knows how to develop world class talent in a relatively small amount of time and when you move away from us at 20 or 21 you're going to cash in on a contract that usually players with talent comparable to yours only get to see at 26, 27 or 28''.
The idea here is that those guys know they are young, world class and can choose to go where they want. If you have those to things going for you then why not chose BVB where you almost guarantee yourself a better payday for longer in your career. Its a move that makes a lot of sense both financially speaking and from a football stand point.
That's why I'm not convinced when people say we could've gotten Haaland and Bellingham for cheap. Pretty sure those two had bigger names (in terms of clubs) knocking at their doors when they were still with Salzburg/Birmingham but it just makes more sense (to me at least) to go to BVB even if you are sacrificing an immediate better payday.