Manchester City have reportedly been told they will have to spend a mind-boggling £600,000 a week if they want to snare Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Haaland only moved to Dortmund in 2019, but he could yet make his next step at the end of the season. Indeed, 33 goals in 31 games have added to his status as one of the most coveted players in world football. Manchester United, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea and City, are three of his biggest potential suitors.
Previous reports have outlined how Haaland has a €75million (£64million) release clause in his contract which activates in summer 2022.
However, the sort of fee Dortmund would want this summer has remained in doubt for some time. That is, until it was claimed on Friday the Bundesliga club will seek €180million (£154million).
That sort of fee is within reach for the deep pockets of City and their billionaire owner, Sheikh Mansour. However, The Sun claims even City would have to stretch amid claims over the level of wages that the Norwegian superstar is set to demand.
As per the report, Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola will demand wages worth £600,000 a week. Over a five-year deal, that would be worth a mind-blowing £300m to the player. Nice work for Raiola if he achieves that!
As per the article, that sort of fee would blow United, Barcelona and Real Madrid out the water. Indeed, even the billions of Roman Abramovich would draw the line at those demands. As such, they state that would leave PSG as the only realistic competitors to City for Haaland.
It all means City could turn their attentions towards Harry Kane, who looks destined to leave Tottenham this summer. England striker Kane has been linked with a surprise European suitor on Wednesday.
Haaland ‘perfect candidate’ to replace Aguero
Despite the scarily-high salary demands, Trevor Sinclair is adamant Haaland will sign for Manchester City this summer.
“Haaland gets involved in a minimal way in the build-up, which is almost what City like,” Sinclair said.
“A little bit of one and two-touch, playing the way you’re facing, going through the lines. Then you’re getting those little slip balls down the side of the box or a pull back.
“It seems like Haaland with his rise over the last couple of years would be the perfect candidate for me.
“With his connection with his dad [Alf-Inge, who played for Man City], the style of football, he would be my choice.”