Mino Raiola insists Real Madrid can afford to sign £ 154m Erling Haaland this summer, despite Florentino Perez claiming a deal was ‘impossible’ without revenue from the doomed European Super League.
- Florentino Perez said there would be no major acquisitions after the collapse of the Super League
- Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé have been linked to Real Madrid’s moves
- And the agent of the Norwegian Mino Raiola insists that the Spanish side can pay him
- Haaland is expected to cost more than £ 150 million and claim £ 30 million in wages
Real Madrid can indeed afford to buy Erling Haaland for £ 154 million this summer, despite President Florentino Perez’s claims to the contrary, according to Norwegian agent Mino Raiola.
The 74-year-old said last week that there would be no mega-money this summer without the cash injection from the controversial European Super League, which collapsed last month.
Perez added that this also applied to his club in a possible pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian star Haaland or PSG and French star Kylian Mbappé.
According to Mino Raiola, Real Madrid can afford to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund
Madrid president Florentino Perez said last week that neither Haaland nor Mbappé would be signed after the collapse of the Super League
But speak with Spanish outlet AS, super agent Raiola dismissed Perez’s claims, insisting that Los Blancos would still retain the financial power to move for the £ 154 million-valued 20-year-old.
‘Real Madrid can afford Erling Haaland. They have money to sign him, ”Raiola said.
After the collapse of the Super League, Perez told El Larguero in Spain: ‘In general, there will be no major transfers this summer.
‘If money doesn’t flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.
“It is generally impossible to sign as Mbappé and Haaland, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.”
But Raiola – in talks with Spanish outlet AS – insists that the Spanish side has the financial power
However, Madrid is one of many top European clubs chasing the Norwegian international, which is also expected to command a wage of around £ 30 million a year.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week Chelsea has shown interest in Haaland, but will miss him and Harry Kane as they want a reunion with Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku instead.
Despite the long line of potential suitors, Dortmund has not given up hope of keeping Haaland.
But reports in Germany earlier this week insisted that hope depended on securing Champions League football for next season, otherwise the situation around the striker will become ‘unreal’.
The men of Zinedine Zidane belong to a large number of top European clubs pursuing the 20-year-old
Haaland has a £ 65 million release clause that will become active next summer and while Dortmund are determined to keep the forward for at least one more season, there is a growing sense that the Champions League holds the key.
Dortmund director Kehl told Sky Germany last month: ‘Our position is clear – we plan with Erling. We are very relaxed about that.
‘Of course we followed the situation. But we had a very, very good conversation with Mino [Raiola, his agent] And his [Haaland’s] father recently.
‘I don’t want to get into those conversations right now. From a certain point onwards, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.
Chelsea are excited about him too, but Sportsmail revealed they are now looking at Romelu Lukaku
‘I’ve seen the boy in training for the past two days and I’ve seen how hungry he is and the sparkle in his eyes. We are very ambitious, we need Erling to achieve our sporting goals, and we have made it clear. ‘
Dortmund are currently fifth in the Bundesliga table, one point behind Eintracht Frankfurt in the last Champions League spot with three games to go.
Haaland has already scored 37 goals in all competitions this season and is widely regarded as the most wanted No. 9 this summer.
He is also the top scorer in the Champions League this season with 10 goals, two ahead of close challenger Mbappé, who can still contribute to his score in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Premier League champions choose City, who will say goodbye to Sergio Aguero in the summer, and rivals Manchester United are seen as the potential landing spots if he chooses to come to England.
Perez also believed the Super League collapse was keeping them from moving for Kylian Mbappé