Where’s Haaland Going With All Those Demands?

In European football, the goal is always to have the highest quality players on your team. What’s even more important is to find world-class youngsters who can be developed into the stars of the future. Imagine if you could find a ready-made superstar who’s also young. Wouldn’t that be amazing? There’s two players in the world today who are in that group: Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

Now, they obviously want to continue progressing and move up in the footballing hierarchy to the biggest clubs in the world, but while Mbappe is likely destined to transfer to Real Madrid, there’s some question about where Haaland will go. Also, after hearing the demands of his agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, it’s not hard to understand why.

As of right now, Kylian Mbappe has 7/1 odds of going to Real Madrid, which is where he’ll likely go seeing as Real’s president, Florentino Perez, has named Mbappe as the club’s #1 transfer target this summer. However, it’s not so cut and dry with Haaland, with Manchester City, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona all having between 3/1 and 4/1 odds to sign the Norwegian. The hesitation to name a frontrunner in the race comes from the demands for commission that Raiola and the elder Haaland have made, as well as Erling’s salary demands.

According to various sources, both Raiola and Alf-Inge want €20 million each for commissions and they’re asking for a €30 million/year salary for Erling Haaland. This would conceivably be on top of the €150-180 million fee that Haaland’s current club, Borussia Dortmund, want for him, though it’s not clear if the demands are factored into their asking price. What is clear though, is that whichever club purchases Erling Haaland will be on the hook for a huge financial debt.

It’s interesting to think about where he’ll go because the clubs I mentioned aren’t going to be able to afford Haaland. FC Barcelona is already €1.2 billion in debt (that issue is for another article), Manchester City reportedly lost close to €200 million because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which won’t help the club’s wage structure, and Real Madrid is probably going to spend their money on Kylian Mbappe first, which itself is a €150 million investment.

It’ll be interesting to find out the end of this saga, but we’ll only have to wait a few more months for the answer.

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