Mino Raiola insists Real Madrid CAN afford to sign £154m Erling Haaland this summer, despite Florentino Perez claiming a deal was ‘impossible’ without income from doomed European Super League
- Florentino Perez said no big signings would happen after Super League collapse
- Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have been linked with Real Madrid moves
- And the Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola insists the Spanish side can afford him
- Haaland is expected to cost more than £150m and demand £30m in wages
Real Madrid can indeed afford to buy £154million star Erling Haaland this summer despite president Florentino Perez’s claims to the contrary, according to the Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola.
Speaking last week, the 74-year-old insisted there would be no mega-money signings this summer without the cash injection of the controversial European Super League, which came crashing down last month.
Real Madrid can afford to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to Mino Raiola
Madrid president Florentino Perez said last week neither Haaland nor Mbappe would be signed after the Super League collapse
But speaking to Spanish outlet AS, super agent Raiola repudiated Perez’s claims and insisted Los Blancos still retain the financial power to move for the £154m-rated 20-year-old.
‘Real Madrid can afford Erling Haaland. They have money to sign him,’ Raiola said.
Following the collapse of the Super League, Perez told El Larguero in Spain: ‘In general, there will not be big transfers this summer.
‘When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.
‘It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.’
But Raiola – speaking to Spanish outlet AS – insists the Spanish side have the financial power
Madrid however are one of a host of top European clubs chasing the Norway international, who is also expected to command wages of around £30m a year.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week Chelsea have expressed interest in Haaland, but are set to miss out on him and Harry Kane as they instead target a reunion with Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.
Despite the long queue of potential suitors, Bundesliga outfit Dortmund have not given up hope of keeping hold of Haaland.
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But reports in Germany earlier this week insisted those hopes hinge on them securing Champions League football for next season, otherwise the situation around the striker will become ‘unreal’.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are among a host of top European clubs chasing the 20-year-old
Haaland has a £65million release clause which becomes active next summer and while Dortmund are determined to keep the striker for at least one more season, there is a growing sense the Champions League holds the key.
Dortmund director Kehl told Sky Germany last month: ‘Our position is clear – we are planning with Erling. We are very relaxed about that.
‘Of course, we have been following the situation. But we had a very, very good talk with Mino [Raiola, his agent] and his [Haaland’s] father just recently.
‘I don’t want to go into those talks now. From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.
Chelsea are also keen on him but Sportsmail revealed they are now eyeing Romelu Lukaku
‘I have seen the boy in training in the last two days and I have seen how hungry he is and the sparkle is in his eyes. We are very ambitious, we need Erling to achieve our sporting goals, and we have made that clear.’
Dortmund currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga table, one point adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt in the final Champions League spot with three matches remaining.
Haaland has scored 37 goals in all competitions already this season and is widely seen as the most sought-after No 9 this summer.
He is also this season’s top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals, two ahead of nearest challenger Mbappe, who however can still add to his tally in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Premier League champions elect City, who will wave 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.