Manchester United may have been dealt their biggest blow yet in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.
The Reds have been eyeing Haaland for some time but face intense competition for his signature this summer with the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea all said to be interested.
The queue to land Haaland this summer might just get a little shorter if Borussia Dortmund hold out for their reported valuation of £154million, despite the striker having a release clause of just £67m which becomes active from the summer of 2022.
But that’s nothing compared to the latest setback dealt to United and indeed many of the other clubs interested in the Norwegian.
In fact, it’s claimed Manchester City are the only club who could afford those wages, despite Pep Guardiola recently saying: “I don’t know what’s going to happen – but at these prices we’re not going to buy any striker.”
The £1m-per-week wage would likely take Haaland out of reach for Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea this summer, especially with the £154m transfer fee to contend with, though Raiola is said to believe that someone will pay that wage given the striker is a ‘generational talent’.
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It must be stipulated that the £1m-per-week wouldn’t all come through a salary, with image rights, commercial deals and other factors likely contributing.
Even so, it’s going to be difficult for most clubs to hit that number, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the financial damage caused by it.
Currently, Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid footballer based on salary, earning an estimated £700,000-per-week before tax and £500,000-per-week after deductions.