Ultimately it comes down to what truly motivates Haaland in his heart.
And that, well all's said and done is the crux of this whole transfer.
We can discuss the merits and downsides of every club we think is in the running for his signature, it's fun. We can convince ourselves that it's not us he wants, it must be us, and everything else in between but ultimately it's where he wants to play.
I'm not naive enough to think that Riaola won't have an influence but his role is to broker the best deal for his client, at the place Erling wants to work and pocket the maximum for himself. That's business.
What we keep hearing from the Haaland camp is that Erling wants to make the best step for the next stage of his career. He will succeed at any of the clubs mentioned.
At the tender age of 21 he's very grounded, doesn't see himself as the finished article (unlike some players) and wants to make the most of his ability and improve even more.
I genuinely believe that is what's in his heart. I think he wants to work with Pep. Can we get it done ?