Raiola backtracks on Haaland comments as reports of huge agent fee emerge

Amid the speculation over Erling Haaland’s next club, there is only one absolute certainty: Agent Mino Raiola wants to earn as much money as possible.

Raiola caused controversy last week when he appeared to rule Manchester United (and Chelsea) out of the running for Haaland.

Speaking to German outlet Sport1, Raiola said: “He will take the next step. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City – these are the big clubs he can go to.

“City has won the championship five times in recent years, significantly more than United.”

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Raiola backtracks and opens door to United again

The appetite among United fans to deal with Raiola is already low at this point – no matter how good a player Haaland is.

The Italian agent sent out a message on social media looking to clarify his comments, seemingly opening the door to United.

Astronomical agent fee

According to The Sun, Raiola is demanding a staggering £47 million agent fee from any club looking to sign Haaland.

It is an astronomical amount, and one he still knows he will be able to get away with. While such figures look crude, Raiola is always careful to work within FIFA regulations.

Sir Alex Ferguson famously clashed with Mino Raiola during negotiations over Paul Pogba’s contract back in 2012, The Mail reported. The agent has had a fractious relationship with United ever since.

A special player worth the money

No club should pay the obscene figure Raiola is reported to be demanding. But you can see why, in Haaland’s case, some clubs will be tempted.

Haaland is a special striker, just 21-years-old. This season he has scored 11 goals in nine Bundesliga matches, with five assists.

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In all competitions he has 17 goals in 14 games. Since signing for Dortmund he has netted 74 goals in 73 games.

United missed out on Haaland in early 2020, with Raiola in the centre of negotiations. Not wanting to deal with the Italian was understandable – but there is a strong chance the Red Devils would have won a trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if a deal for the Norwegian was done.

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