Erling Haaland is reportedly set to demand a £300,000-a-week salary from any potential suitors to attract the striker this summer.
The 20-year-old has become one of the most sought after players in Europe over the last 18 months or so, following his ridiculously impressive displays for current club Dortmund, both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League.
The Norwegian international initially burst onto the scene at Red Bull Salzburg at the start of last season, with his performances in the Champions League group stage earning him a high profile move to Signal Iduna Park in January 2020.
Since then, the former Molde striker has hit a staggering 43 goals in 43 games in all competitions for the German side, including 17 in 17 league games this season.
This week, in particular, has been special for the youngster, as he first hit a devastating brace in the 3-2 win over Sevilla in the Champions League, before adding a further two goals in the 4-0 hammering of Schalke in the league, including a stunning acrobatic volley.
Such displays have inevitably caught the eye of Europe’s elite, with a host of top clubs linked with his signature, including Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to the Daily Star, however, it could be an expensive deal if anyone wishes to prize him from Dortmund this summer, the player reportedly demanding a five-year deal worth up to £78m.
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That would include a £300,000-a-week wage, while clubs would also have to fork out potentially over £100m in transfer fees to sign him this summer.
The forward’s current deal is reported to include a £68m release clause, although that doesn’t come into effect until the summer of 2022.
That scenario has left Dortmund reportedly open to the idea of selling the striker this summer in order to recoup a larger transfer fee, although whether any side could afford him amid the current economic struggles is uncertain.
As for the interested clubs, Man City are on the lookout for a suitable replacement for the ageing Sergio Aguero, with the Argentine also out of contract this summer, while Chelsea are keen to bolster their forward line despite having signed Timo Werner last summer.
Manchester United are also keen on the player, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer having worked with the starlet previously at Molde and the club in need of a real top-class centre-forward.
That being said, the Red Devils tricky relationship with Haaland’s – and Paul Pogba’s – agent Mino Raiola could make any move difficult.
The future of Haaland could well tie into teammate Jadon Sancho’s situation, with both men rumoured with exits, although it would appear unlikely that both will be allowed to leave, despite Dortmund’s current difficulties, both on and off the pitch.
Man Utd were linked with a move for the England international last summer but refused to meet the German side’s £107 million asking price, the Red Devils going on to sign promising forward Amad Diallo.