Manchester United need to avoid repeating history with the signing of Erling Haaland next summer
When Erling Haaland’s release clause is active next summer, there will be a mad scramble to sign the player as club’s from England, France, Spain and Germany will want to sign the player.
Around £75 million will be the cost to secure his services, and it is a high price, but when you compare it to the fees that players have commanded over the last few years but more importantly his goal-scoring exploits, it is a relative bargain.
United will be hoping that the existing relationship between the player and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be enough to sway Haaland to come to Old Trafford. He will also now with the added bonus of playing with one of his idols in Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, there is one major sticking point that comes with any move for Haaland which could affect United’s chances of signing the player or even Solskjaer’s desire to bid for him.
And his name is Mino Raiola.
Raiola is a name that many United fans have become accustomed to over the past few years for all the wrong reasons. As Paul Pogba’s agent, he has consistently been outspoken about his client’s alleged desire to leave the club.
Only recently he was quoted in Rai Sport as saying; “Paul Pogba is out of contract in June, so we’ll talk with Man Utd and we’ll see what happens. Juventus? Paul still loves Turin. There’s a chance that Pogba will return to Juventus, yes – but it also depends on Juventus plans”.
This was only a few days after it had been reported that the player was open to signing a new contract, as Pogba has less than a year left on his contract and can leave for free if he does not secure a new deal.
It seems whichever player he is representing, Raiola looks to secure the move that will land his clients big wages and himself a big payday as well. Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Matthijs de Ligt have all been moved in deals which saw Raiola earn a large agent’s fee.And in any reported move for Haaland, he will be most likely expecting the same. Reports in Germany stated that Haaland wanted a wage packet that equalled €50 million with an extra €40 million going to the agent. This would be likely to be the demand of the player next year as well, especially with a reduced fee involved.
Donnarumma’s situation should also be a cautionary tale for Manchester United, both with Pogba in the present and also with Haaland in the future. Raiola is no stranger to advising his clients to run down their contracts, so they can secure higher wage packets, sign on bonuses and agents fees at their new club and leaving their old club with no financial gain and also losing them a highly influential player.
If Haaland joins on such high wages, it is very likely that Raiola will look to renegotiate a higher contract within the first few years and if he doesn’t think he can secure it at the player’s current club, he will look to move him elsewhere.
This will be a red flag to United, who will be wanting to sign a player who will be part of the project Solskjaer is building for many years to come, so avoiding dealing with Raiola as much as possible may be preferable for the club, to avoid another situation like Pogba’s in the future.