Manchester City’s Acquisition of Erling Haaland: A Deceptive Transfer Fee

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Liverpool legend John Aldridge has raised doubts about Manchester City’s claim regarding the transfer fee paid for Erling Haaland. Despite reports stating that City secured the striker’s services for a mere £50 million, Aldridge insists that the actual cost exceeded £100 million.

Haaland’s arrival at Manchester City last summer proved pivotal in the club’s success. He has scored a staggering 52 goals in 53 appearances. His contributions were instrumental in the team’s historic treble triumph, including their first-ever UEFA Champions League victory.

Dissecting the Transfer Fee of Erling Haaland

Contrary to Manchester City’s claimed fee of £50 million, Aldridge asserts that the overall package to secure Haaland’s services surpassed £100 million. In his Sunday People column, Aldridge wrote,

“On paper, the fee paid to sign the big striker may have been close to that, but I have been told by very reliable sources that the overall package to make that deal happen was well in excess of £100m.”

The initial transfer fee paid by Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund was €60 million (£52 million). However, it is important to consider the additional expenses that contributed to the overall cost.

Reports indicate that a substantial agent fee of €40 million (£34.66 million) was part of the deal. Haaland’s agency, led by Rafaela Pimienta, reportedly shared this fee with Haaland’s father, Alf Inge Haaland. This fee, along with the striker’s weekly wages of €432,000 (£375,000), places him among the highest earners at the club.

Haaland’s True Value

Despite the relatively low transfer fee, Haaland’s impact on the pitch and his potential for the future make him a valuable asset for Manchester City. The Norwegian has broken records and displayed consistent performances at the age of 22. This demonstrates his immense talent and potential to be one of Europe’s premier strikers in the coming years.

These factors, along with the release clause, contributes to the overall cost of bringing Haaland to Manchester City.

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