Chelsea and Man City pulled out of Erling Haaland deal after discovering he’d cost half a billion
Erling Haaland may well have been on his way to the Premier League this summer but both Chelsea and Manchester City pulled out of a settlement for the striker when learning he’d cost half a billion pounds.
The 21-year-old is in high demand having set the Bundesliga alight since his move from RB Salzburg in 2019.
41 goals in 41 appearances for Borussia Dortmund last term emphasizes his status as a generational talent.
Both the Blues and the Citizens were hopeless to add to their strikeforce this transfer window and it is understood Haaland was the man to top of both their wishlists.
However, both clubs were left shocked, walking away from the deal, after learning the Norwegian sensation would cost half a billion pounds.
The Financial Times allege a deal for Haaland would have cost £500m over a five-year period.
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This figure includes the initial transfer fee, Haaland’s salary demands and also a signing-on bonus for super-agent Mino Raiola, who would have settled the deal.
But instead of pushing for dealings, both City and Chelsea turned their backs on Haaland and moved onto alternative targets.
Roman Abramovich quickly re-signed Romelu Luakaku for a whopping £97.5m while the Premier League champions were left disappointed at their pursuit of a striker.
Having seen star man Sergio Aguero leave for Barcelona, Pep Guardiola was in dire need of a man to lead the line.
Yet deals for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo both fell through; Daniel Levy was reluctant to let Kane leave Tottenham and at the 11th-hour Ronaldo opted for an Old Trafford reunion instead.
Following the conclusion of the window Transfer Deadline Day, Gabriel Jesus remains the only recognizable striker in the City squad.
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