MINO RAIOLA wants to make Erling Haaland the first £1million-a-week footballer, according to reports.
And that could mean a three-way shootout between Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for the Norwegian’s signature.
According to the Mirror, the super-agent is determined to secure a mega-money deal for his client which is likely to price out many of the interested clubs.
A contract worth £1m per week would put Haaland ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar as the world’s top earners.
As revealed by SunSport, Haaland himself wants £600,000 per week – enough to make him the record earner in the Premier League.
But it seems his agents is pushing for an even better deal.
Raiola and Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge met with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid at the beginning of April.
And it is thought both clubs were stunned by the figures quoted by the agent.
Those same numbers have been given to the Premier League sides considering a bid for the 20-year-old.
On top of stumping up record-breaking wages, a move this summer would surely require at least a £150m transfer fee which few clubs will be able to afford, especially with the effects of the pandemic.
City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen – but at these prices we’re not going to buy any striker.”
But the report insists Raiola – who is in store for more than £25m in commission – believes some clubs will be willing to pay for a guaranteed goalscorer.
Haaland has 33 in 34 games this season – taking his tally to 49 in 52 for Dortmund since his arrival in January 2020 and getting to 20 Champions League strikes in record time.
But while the likes of cash-strapped Barcelona and Juventus as well as Premier League pair Liverpool and Chelsea may be put off by the incredible demands, Manchester United are thought still to be keen.
The Red Devils did not hold talks with the striker’s representatives last week but Haaland’s compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains an admirer.
He tried to lure the then-teenager to Old Trafford before his Dortmund move – but refused to be drawn into committing to a summer pursuit.
Solskjaer said: “Even though I worked with Erling it’s not right for me as Manchester United manager to talk about Erling, he will make his own mind up.
“I’m focusing on the next two months and whatever happens in the world of football there is only so many places anyone can go to and I just, focus on the ones who are here.”
SunSport columnist Karren Brady likened the transfer negotiations around Haaland to the marriage of a prince – with only the very wealthiest having a chance of landing him.
She wrote: “Monarchs depended on the knowledge of ambassadors and the bargaining power of favourite relations for securing a bride with a huge dowry, lands, a title of her own and, with luck, beauty.
“These negotiators travelled far and wide and were often well rewarded.
“Should this remind readers of agent Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, it is no coincidence — the couple have been on a tour of Europe inspecting possible match-ups for young Erling.
“The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150m — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs.”
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