The financial muscle of the state-clubs once again crosses the path of Madrid. The entry of Manchester City in the bid for the signing of Haaland complicates the options of the white club to convince the forward. The market is not open and the suitors are already beginning to flourish. Among them, the set skyblue, which as published this Wednesday The Times, has made an appointment in January to sit at the table with his agent, Mino Raiola.
Erling Braut Haaland
- B. Dortmund
Next summer will be key in the future of the Norwegian forward. Haaland is determined to leave Dortmund and in 2022 he will hide behind the agreement that, when he signed his contract, he reached with the Rhenish club. It is not, as AS reported, a written commitment, but a gentlemen’s agreement for Borussia to hear offers for him next summer. Suitors are not going to be missing. Haaland is one of the most sought-after players on the continent and in his environment they do not ignore that interest. Mino Raiola already made a mini-tour, last April, in which he visited the offices of Madrid and Barça. A tournée in which the representative was accompanied by the father of the player himself and who continued with the greats of the Premier.
The presence of the English clubs in the auction is one of the great obstacles that Madrid has to overcome to win Haaland. The white club has the economic capacity for it. Javier Tebas, with LaLiga financial control data in hand, admitted that Madrid could bring together the Norwegian and Mbappé. But even with the success of LaLiga, the economic power of the Premier League clubs will be the great stumbling block in an operation that will have a colossal dimension. To the salary requested by the striker, the transfer to be paid to Dortmund must be added (Haaland is, with 150 million euros, the second player with the highest market value on Transfermarkt, only surpassed by Mbappé) and the commission that Mino Raiola takes. The Italian agent, with a reputation for being a tough negotiator, can also open another communication channel with Madrid via Pogba, who remains free at United.
The great asset of Madrid is precisely the ‘via Mbappé’: to convince Haaland with sporting arguments and that the economic aspect is secondary for the Nordic scorer. The white club will hardly be able to compete in salary with the unlimited, and even uncontrolled, pocket of the state-clubs that come to the bidding. But none of them can offer him the candy of wearing the white shirt and predictably forming a dream duo with Mbappé to be one of the first legends of the new Bernabéu.
PSG offers Haaland the renewal of Mbappé
To find a measure of the dimension that the auction for Haaland can reach, you also have to look at PSG. According Footmercato, the Parisian club will tempt the Norwegian with the same terms of the renewal offer with the attempt to convince Mbappé to continue in the Parc des Princes: two years of contract seasons plus an optional third with a salary of around 40 million euros. The Norwegian is the priority if they fail to retain Kylian. The fight for the Scandinavian will be fierce.