Monday December 30 2019
How much did Haaland really cost?

Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund yesterday, but details are starting to emerge on why they beat Juventus and Manchester United.

The 19-year-old Norwegian striker is the hottest property in European football right now after 28 goals in all competition for RB Salzburg this season, including eight in six Champions League games.

While it had seemed a battle between Juve and Manchester United for his signature, Haaland was snapped up by Borussia Dortmund, leading to questions in the media on what prompted the decision.

While there are the obvious issues – guaranteed regular playing time in a lower-pressure environment like Dortmund to aid his development – the financial details are also intriguing.

German newspaper Bild claims Haaland will earn €8m per season net in wages until June 2024, but it’s only a fraction of the real cost of this operation.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport, Borussia Dortmund paid €20m to RB Salzburg for the release clause, €15m commission to agent Mino Raiola, another €10m signing-on fee going to the player’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, for a total of €45m.

British newspapers also suggest Raiola wanted a very large percentage of any future transfer, similar to the deal he struck with Juventus when bringing Paul Pogba as a free agent from Manchester United.

Having been burned before by Raiola, both clubs were hesitant to accept these terms.

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