Erling Haaland: '£150m-plus' transfer claim made as details of Man City clause emerge - pundit
Manchester City have pulled off some “great business” after details of Erling Haaland’s upcoming move emerged, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Premier League giants have managed to secure great value for money while also guaranteeing a “£150million” windfall if the 21-year-old is to be sold.
Sky Sports (11 May) claim the total value of the deal, including the transfer fee, agent fees, signing bonuses and other costs, is around £85.5million.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph (13 May) report there is a release clause of between £127-170million (€150-200million) included in the striker’s contract.
Whelan insisted the financial details make it “really, really good business” for City.
He suggested the release clause also plays into the hands of Pep Guardiola’s side.
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“It’s a great move, for Manchester City and Haaland, isn’t it?” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“That’s not a lot of money for a player of his ability. Think about what other players, strikers, are worth around the world and what they’re bringing in. Pogba came for what, £90million? We’ll leave that one where it is.
“Man City have done really, really good business here. With the release clause as well, when he’d only be 26, 27 and actually going into the best years of his career.
“If you think in four, five years time if he does what we know he can do and probably will do, a release clause of more than £150million shows great business.”
“Working with one of the best managers in the world, someone that’s going to develop his game and make him even better. That thought is scary. He fits it right.
“You think of the players who are going to be round about him: Bernado Silva, De Bruyne, Cancelo. It’s a frightening prospect. He’s that missing piece of the puzzle they’ve been crying out for.
“He’s 21-years-old, height, power, strength, speed, natural goalscorer, both feet, headers. Do we just hand the trophy to them now?”