There is no doubt that Erling Braut Haaland is one of the best hitting talents in the world. But the mega-auction for the young Norwegian has just hit ridiculous numbers, with reports he will demand world record wages at his next club.
The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund prodigy is shopping at the best clubs in the world, Dortmund have resigned themselves to losing him after just a season and a half.
Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been named as interested bidders in the superstar’s transfer auction, as have the continent’s biggest clubs: Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
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But the price for its services is nothing short of staggering – it’s typically a transfer fee of £ 150million ($ A270million).
That would likely only leave the cashed trio of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Real Madrid vying for their services.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently said of that reported transfer figure: “I don’t know what’s going to happen – but at these prices we won’t buy any strikers.”
Then there is his salary. The sun reports that Haaland – and controversial super-agent Mino Raiola – are looking for a record salary of £ 600,000 a week ($ A1.08 million). That would make him the highest paid player in Premier League history and rival the ridiculous salaries of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronald.
Messi is currently the best earner in the world on a recently disclosed contract worth £ 500,000 a week AFTER tax ($ 900,000).
But the Daily Mirror claims that the requirements of the contract do not end there. Agent Mino Raiola – previously responsible for some of the biggest transfers in football history, including Paul Pogba’s record-breaking transfer to Manchester United in 2016 – is looking to break more records.
According to The Mirror, Raiola is looking to break through the million dollar mark – with a deal that would make him the first earner of a million pounds per week ($ A1.8 million per week).
This would include lucrative image rights as well as other business deals, in addition to the sought-after base salary of £ 600,000 per week ($ A1.08 million).
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The mind-boggling numbers are despite the fact that many clubs are experiencing a significant financial downturn due to COVID-19, with supporters being kept away from the stadiums.
This has put the brakes on recent transfer spending, but apparently isn’t enough to deter Raiola and Haaland from pursuing record-breaking contract terms.
The couple met Real Madrid and Barcelona on a tour of Spain during the international break last month.
But since then Haaland has struggled to find the net – without scoring in six games for club and country, a 405-minute run.
Nonetheless, he’s still scored 34 goals in 33 games for Dortmund this season, plus six goals in eight internationals.
Add to his scoring record his immense physical abilities – reaching 36.06 km / h in a sprint in his last game, the fastest player in the Bundesliga this season – and it’s no wonder that so many clubs are interested.
The starlet has the opportunity to further strengthen her credentials – and end her scoring drought – when her Dortmund face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday morning AEST.
While Haaland can reverse a 2-1 deficit in the first leg, his exorbitant valuation could prove increasingly realistic.