Haaland agent leaves Man United off list of potential clubs

Date published: Saturday 1st May 2021 10:52 - Sarah Winterburn

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The agent of Erling Haaland has been speaking at length about his client’s possible options but the only Premier League team mentioned were Manchester City.

Mino Raiola has been speaking to Spanish publication AS after he visited both Madrid and Barcelona with Haaland’s father in what many interpreted as a PR exercise.

He was asked by the Spanish newspaper if he is better suited to Spain or England and Raiola was non-committal, though he was certainly more effusive about Madrid and Barcelona than any other options.

It has been reported that Barcelona have told Lionel Messi they will sign Haaland if he agrees to a pay cut.

It is thought that Manchester United have Haaland at the top of their list, but Raiola’s insistence that he will only sign for a club likely to win titles seems to rule them out.

“Haaland is interested in two things: scoring goals, because he is like a Cristiano or a Ztalan, he has that positive obsession, and winning titles,” said Raiola. “And he will choose, surely, where those two things together happen more. 

“It is very difficult to lie. When a club like Barcelona or Madrid arrives, with so much history and so great, it is difficult to say no.

“PSG is entering this group of greats, City is trying to get there, Juve has always been there. The championship they play also matters. PSG plays the worst league of the greats. Bayern are already in an attractive league, but we know that they always win it. In Spain there are three with options.”

Raiola has dismissed the claims from Real president Florentino Perez that nobody can afford Haaland’s reported £150m price tag this summer, saying: “I believe yes. I think everyone can afford it. But the question is another: can Madrid afford not to buy Haaland? And the Barça?

“It’s complicated but not impossible. That is the job of a club leader. It is the same for the clubs as it is for the players. A train passes and what do you do, you take it or you don’t take it. And that’s the big question. All the greats want him.”

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