Revealed: Liverpool owners told £300m needed to sign Erling Haaland
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group baulked at sign Erling Haaland after being told it would take £300million in total to get the deal done, sources have told Football Insider.
The Boston-based chiefs announced this week they are seeking new investment and would even consider a full sale at the right price.
It has been widely reported that FSG, who run Liverpool on a self-sustainable basis, do not have the resources to compete with the riches of Man City and Newcastle United in particular.
Football Insider has been told that FSG were interested in triggering Haaland’s release clause to sign him from Borussia Dortmund earlier this year.
Liverpool drew back from a potential deal in the Spring of this year after learning the cost would be around £300m in fee, wages and bonuses.
Headline summer signing Darwin Nunez cost Liverpool far less than Man City ended up paying for Haaland even though his transfer fee is potentially £34million higher.
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On the face of it, City’s £51m Haaland deal is a relatively inexpensive one, especially taking into account the extraordinary impact he has made on the pitch.
But the numbers of the package dwarf what Liverpool paid Benfica for Nunez and have topped up with wages, bonuses and other costs.
The Norwegian superstar signed a five-year – it runs until 2027 – that is worth a basic £375,000-a-week.
But it is the top-up costs that make the deal an astonishingly expensive one for City and in world sporting terms.
A recent report calculated that bonuses, many of which are easily achievable, make Haaland’s deal worth £850,000-a-week, equivalent to £44.2m-a-year.
Across five years, and adding in the transfer fee, that makes the cost of the Norwegian superstar to City alone worth £272m.
Haaland has already scored a remarkable 23 goals from just 17 City matches and is already widely considered the Premier League’s number one star.
He returned to Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend against Fulham after missing two games through injury and came off the bench to score a last-gasp penalty kick winner.
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