Balzaretti: ‘Roma were offered Haaland’

Federico Balzaretti revealed Roma were offered to buy Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland, but that the 20-year-old ‘chose RB Salzburg’.

The former defender and manager revealed the Giallorossi spoke to Haaland’s father and former player Alf Inge, but the Norwegian decided against a move to La Lupa.

“Haaland had been promised to Roma,” he told Radio Radio. “We spoke many times with his father and his entourage.

“But I think he didn’t choose Roma, like with Juventus, for a technical path. He chose to go to Salzburg for personal reasons.

“In Italy, he might have had more difficulties at the beginning. There, in Austria, he instead had the opportunity to play immediately.

“You see it in his next move to Borussia Dortmund after Salzburg too. He went to a strong team but not the absolute top, to continue growing.

“Now he looks ready for the final and definitive leap.”

The Norway international continues to impress at BVB and has scored 41 goals in 42 games for the Bundesliga side.

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