Erling Haaland chose Borussia Dortmund over Manchester United in the January transfer window of 2020, according to Mino Raiola.
Every top team in Europe was interested in Haaland before he joined BVB in January, as he shattered multiple goalscoring records during his time with Red Bull Salzburg.
In the months running up to the window, Man United were regarded to be in the lead for his signature, but Dortmund eventually secured him.
Raiola, who is Haaland’s agent, detailed why the player chose Dortmund over United in an interview with Sport1, praising sports director Michael Zorc for his handling of the transfer.
“Negotiations with him were persistent. But it is Zorc’s credit that Erling plays at BVB today,” he said.
“I am a car fan. When you have a choice between a Mercedes S63 AMG or an Audi RS6, that’s difficult, isn’t it? Both are good cars.
“Erling was faced with the decision at the time. And Zorc clearly demonstrated the advantages of his S63 AMG over the RS6. He sold the club in such a way that Erling said: ‘I’ll see myself there. I can develop here.’
“BVB has developed enormously. He can be an example for the international football world. Dortmund bring absolute super talents. Back then they had the balls to sign someone like Erling, who was still quite unknown, but cost a lot of money.
“Haaland, [Jude] Bellingham, [Jadon] Sancho, these are major investments that are worthwhile. If they had hesitated a year, they could never have bought these players. Now everyone looks appreciatively at Dortmund.”
Haaland has more than earned his high price tag since arriving in Germany, averaging a goal per game in 51 Bundesliga appearances and 74 goals in 72 games in all competitions.
He is set to leave the club in the summer for far more than the €20 million Dortmund paid for him. He has a €75 million (£64 million) release clause that kicks in next year, but as 90min revealed last month, BVB are hoping to get more if they agree to accept installments.