July 5, 2022

Norway’s inability to qualify for the World Cup denied football fans of seeing Erling Haaland on the grandest platform.

Manchester City’s new £51 million goal-machine isn’t the only Scandanavian talent with ‘festival of football’ FOMO.

Erik Botheim, Haaland’s former Norway youth teammate, has yet to earn a senior cap. If The Lions were headed to Qatar, Botheim would have had a spot.

The blonde bomber scored 15 goals in 30 games for Bodo/Glimt in 2021. He became famous throughout Europe. Two goals and three assists in a 6-1 thrashing of Jose Mourinho’s Roma is one way to make your mark.

Botheim moved to Russia for £4.5 million in December. “Krasnodar appeared most interesting”

ERIK BOTHEIM AND ERLING HAALAND IN ENGLAND?

Botheim is searching for a new club only six months into his three-and-a-half-year agreement. His contract was canceled Wednesday.

Erik Botheim’s agency reveals on Instagram that he’s left Krasnodar. “Russia’s assault of Ukraine continues. Erik felt he had no option.”

If teams throughout Europe queued up for Botheim when he cost £4.5 million, anticipate plenty of interest now that he’s a free agent. Botheim’s range:

Botheim likens his playing style to that of Roberto Firmino and Robert Lewandowski.

Botheim wasn’t eligible for a contract with North London. Each of the four superclubs might need offensive reinforcements in the next transfer window.

FREE-AGENT

Dortmund must replace a particular Norwegian powerhouse, while Arsenal won’t have a senior striker before July 1.

Mikel Arteta wants quantity as well as quality, while Arsenal prioritizes Victor Osimhen, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Gabriel Jesus. Botheim, on a free, would be a low-cost, possibly high-reward signing, giving a dependable back-up while saving for a big-name, big-money arrival.

Freddy Toresen of Goal says Erik isn’t the quickest striker, but his teamwork is great.

“He’s constantly active and incredibly knowledgeable. His placement keeps improving. He’s making his mark in Bodo/Glimt.”

Hardworking, clinical finisher, ‘excellent’ team spirit, natural poaching talents. Arsenal supporters and Arteta have plenty to enjoy. Then there’s Mourinho’s tantrum.

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