The agent of Toni Kroos believes that the real cost of signing goalscoring sensation Erling Haaland could hit a staggering €300m.
Borussia Dortmund are confident they can keep hold of the Norway striker despite interest from Europe’s biggest clubs. Chelsea looked to be closing in on a deal for the 21-year-old in the summer, but the price tag on his head is believed to have put off the Blues.
Instead they spent £97.5m on a deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United and Manchester City are also believed to be watching the situation. Real Madrid also have more than a passing interest in the former RB Salzburg star, while Bayern Munich say he is out of their price range.
BVB though insist they still see Haaland with them next season. And Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he recently met with his opposite number Hans-Joachim Watzke.
“I recently had an espresso with my ex-colleague Aki Watzke in Munich”, Rummenigge wrote in his BILD column.
“He told me that he was very optimistic that Haaland would still play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
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However, widespread reports have suggested that Haaland holds a release clause in his deal that will activate next summer.
Haaland buyout clause
The buyout clause, negotiated by his agent Mino Raiola, sits at around the £63m-£68m range. But the 13-goal striker is worth a lot more than his buyout, and if Haaland does want out next summer, then an auction is what BVB will be looking for.
Asked about the true cost of any deal for Haaland, Kroos’ representative Volker Struth spoke to BILD, via AS.
“Haaland has a release clause. The entire package with a five-year salary and commission for the agent will probably be around €250m to €300m.
“Even if Bayern Munich had the money, they would not do it. All hell would break out if a player in Germany earned €50m.”