Manchester City will have to pay £600,000 a week to sign Erling Haaland in a deal worth more than £300 million.
The 20-year-old Norwegian sensation, whose transfer fee is estimated to reach £150 million this summer, aspires to be the highest-paid player in Premier League history.
Over the course of a five-year contract, Haaland will receive £156 million in wages, taking the total value of the agreement to over £300 million.
The only other club that could come close to making such a bid is Paris Saint-Germain.
After Sergio Aguero’s announcement that he will leave this summer, City are desperate to sign a new striker.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a big fan of City manager Pep Guardiola, but the Etihad club was ignored by Spurs last summer.
As a result, City is now concentrating on signing Haaland, who is a big success at Borussia Dortmund.
Mino Raiola, the star’s agent, is reportedly seeking a staggering amount. He understands that whoever purchases Haaland will have a future asset at the end of the transaction.
In December 2019, Dortmund paid £19.5 million for Haaland, with a sell-on clause in effect if he left in 2022. It could be worth up to 100 million Euros (£85 million).
City has the financial resources to complete such a contract, despite the fact that the overall cost will be overwhelming. A change for Haaland will also make it impossible for City to pursue Lionel Messi.
Raiola hinted yesterday that he would not let past differences with Guardiola derail any future transfer.
Guardiola’s treatment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona created a divide between the two. “I’ve closed the book a long time ago. Everybody knows what I think of him personally,” Raiola told The Athletic.