Dortmund’s wunderkind Erling Braut Haaland looks all ready to depart the Bundesliga within the next six months as Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are already eagerly lining up among the striker’s suitors, apart from quite a few others also in the queue.
It has been reported that the potential clubs vying for Haaland’s signature have reportedly learnt the full extent of the outlay it will take to sign the sizzling hot striker who has already earned a reputation for himself, despite his young years, as arguably the best striker in Europe since leaving Borussia Dortmund for Red Bull Salzburg in the January 2020 transfer window.
Without question one of the most in-demand targets in the top leagues alongside Kylian Mbappe, Harland’s remarkable conversion rate for the Bundesliga giants of 70 goals in 69 games in all competitions has clearly ear-marked him as a must-have acquisition for Europe’s top clubs. As such it is no surprise that there is set to be a major rumble for his signature at the end of this season, when a release clause is to be activated in his contract that will allow him to depart Signal Iduna Park for a £70million.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United are among the clubs lining up a move for Erling Haaland as they had already made known their intentions of wanting to sign the young turk from even a few seasons back. What’s recently leaked out is that several of his potential suitors, with United one of the key ones, are plotting for a sneak January move for the Norwegian to beat the rest of the pack to the frantic chase that is already building up with intensity.
The dynamic young striker started off at Molde current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the latter anxious to link back up with his former charge but to make this a reality, it would take as much as £336million, give or take a few pennies, to bring in Haaland if he were to sign a five-year contract, according to AS with Man United.
Invariably that cost should be amortized over the full five years of the deal were Haaland to agree to sign with United, with the report adding that the Norwegian super striker’s agent Mino Raiola seems to have come to an agreement with Dortmund CEO, Hans Joaquim Watzke, that the fee in question could be as low as £84m.
Haaland’s wage demands would understandably be massive, but the understanding is that this will not be caveat in the striker’s assessment of which team he would prefer to join. His priority instead is a sporting project that will ensure he can challenge for the full paraphernalia of league titles, trophies, and the prestigious Ballon d’Or. It will cost United more than £290million to bring in the Borussia Dortmund striker.
AS claims Haaland will be expecting no less than £21m a year when it comes to wages. That, with other costs added to it over a five-year contract will bring his earnings to almost £210m. Top that off with the transfer fee added into that number and the total transfer cost wraps up neatly at £294m.
Splitting £294m over the full contract means that either Manchester team will have to fork out a king’s ransom of £58.8m per season to sign Haaland.
The Norwegian blitzkrieg started the current season in stellar form, scoring 13 goals in his first 10 games of the new campaign. But a recent hip injury will see him ruled out of action until the January transfer window opens.
United, of course, are again praying hard that he recovers fast as they are also keeping their fingers crossed that another hopeful savior will be sashaying through the gates at Old Trafford to save their season’s campaigns across all tournaments. The way things are being managed at the Reds side of Manchester, it looks like Cristiano and gang may not have what it takes to haul them out of the malaise they’re in.
Credit: Football Tribe Malaysia