Super star at a discount. Manchester City snatch Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund for barely 60 million euros, which is much less than his value. How can this be explained? The story of a dreamy broker without flexible terms. Although not everything is as it seems sometimes during cuts.
Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain: 222 million. Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona: 140 million. Eden Hazard to Real Madrid: 115 million…
And so we can move forward.
In recent years, football transfer fees have exploded. Even to the point where no one understands that Manchester City have to pay €60m “barely” for Erling Haaland.
Given the current prices (and his unique talent), the Norwegian seems to be stealing. In the list of the most expensive transfers of all time, the sniper would end up only at 54th place. One he has to share with… Luis Figo – A deal that happened over 20 years ago.
What exactly is this?
Well, when Dortmund took over Haaland from RB Salzburg in 2020 for €20m, that was only possible on one condition.
Meanwhile, unfortunate super broker Mino Raiola has demanded that he leave his client in 2022 for a fixed amount. You can say a lot about the Dutchman, but it does not mean that he does not understand football.
Raiola believed strongly in Haaland’s qualities and was determined to avoid a difficult exit from Dortmund – a pause in the striker’s career. Given the transfer price inflation, this was a realistic scenario.
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The condition even ensured that Haaland would not end up in the Premier League earlier. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted in an interview that the Norwegian could have signed for Manchester United. They just refused to include the fixed departure amount in the agreement. And so Haaland went to Germany.
secret about condition
The exact details of the paragraph have always been obscure. Was it really a fixed amount or rather an honor agreement between Dortmund and his entourage? Was it about 75 million or 60 million?
The latter is clarified, and the former is not.
The German club tried several times to close the back door in the decade. By seducing Haaland with a new agreement – without the said clause.
Dortmund wanted to nearly double Haaland’s salary (€8m) at some point with the help of clothing sponsor Puma, who wanted to anticipate the end of the Norwegian shoe deal with Nike.
Total operating costs more than 200 million
Citi took advantage of the unique opportunity. Although the bank transfer to Dortmund has gone down, she still has to dig deeper into the bag to pay for the entire Haaland operation.
In addition to the $60 million, Alf-Inge’s Papa and Raiola’s real estate agency (just like the previous transfer) are also passing the cash register. It will allow both parties to split an uncertain sum of 30 million euros.
In addition, there is a high labor cost. Haaland will reportedly make €440,000 a week (excluding bonuses) – the same salary as top-paid Kevin De Bruyne. That’s more than 22.8 million euros a year, maybe for five seasons.
So get rid of the bargain sticker.
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