Mino Raiola has offered a telling response to Borussia Dortmund’s intentions of keeping Erling Haaland beyond this summer, by suggesting he does not share the same view as BVB chief Michael Zorc.
Haaland still has three years left to run on his Dortmund contract and his £68million release clause does not come into play until 2022.
The club are virtually resigned to losing Haaland next year when potential suitors will be queuing up for the striker’s signature, but Zorc has been adamant they will not be selling their star man this summer.
“I like to stick to how the contractual basis looks and how direct conversations have gone within the last week,” Zorc told ARD on Sunday (via Bulinews ). “We have a really clear plan to go into the new season with Erling.”
But while Raiola admitted discussions had gone well, and was keen to stress there was no friction between him and Dortmund, he opted against declaring the two parties were on the same page.
“I can confirm that I was in Dortmund for meetings. Zorc told us clearly they don’t want to sell Erling this summer. I respect his opinion but that doesn’t mean automatically that we agree,” Raiola told German media Sport1 (via Sport ) .
“Borussia were clear with all their opinions. On that we agree, there’s no war between us and Borussia, definitely not. The relationship with Zorc, Aki (Hans-Joachim Watzke) and (Sebastian) Kehl is still good.”
Dortmund seemingly had little issue with Raiola embarking on his mini tour of Europe to discuss Haaland’s future with prospective buyers.
But whether the agent can manufacture a move for his client out of Dortmund this summer is another matter entirely.
Financing a transfer alone will set interested clubs back a reported £150m to Dortmund by way of a fee.
On top of that there will also be huge intermediary payments to both Raiola and Haaland’s father Alfe-Inge.
Then there is the not-so-small matter of wages, with the demands of Haaland’s reps large enough to break any wage structure at Europe’s leading clubs.
According to The Athletic, a salary of around €30m (£25.9m) after tax is thought to be included in the package being demanded.
Such an amount in normal circumstances would have been difficult to fathom, particularly for a 20-year-old, let alone at a time when clubs are still struggling financially.
Very few clubs could actually afford to bankroll a transfer this year, with even Man Utd and Man City appearing to pull out of the running at this stage, while Barcelona and Real Madrid are both cash-strapped.
Perhaps the only caveat to the negotiations would come if Dortmund were to miss out on qualification for the Champions League and the lucrative benefits associated, which would also likely convince Haaland to push for an exit.