By Dr Dan Plumley

21st Nov, 2022 | 4:36pm

Finance guru: Man City will sell Erling Haaland to 'direct rival' amid £172m agent update

Man City will eventually sell Erling Haaland to a “direct rival” – and so it makes sense to have included a huge release clause in his contract.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent comments made by the 22-year-old’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta.

As quoted by The Mirror last Saturday (19 November), Pemnta did not deny that Haaland had a release clause in his contract but did claim that reports had been “exaggerated”.

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It had previously been reported that the Norwegian striker, who has been in superlative form sign his £51million arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has a £172m release clause that comes into effect in 2024.

That figure was believed to fall to £150m in 2025, two years before the end of his contract.

Because the superstar is destined to move to another mega club in the future, it would be shrewd if City have indeed included a sky-high release clause, claims Plumley.

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Given the climate, I think it’s smart business practice,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

With star players, you can set that bar really high. There has always been this feeling with Haaland, and I think a lot of it is fuelled by his agent, that he wants to go and conquer all the major leagues.

He is very young and there is certainly expected to be a move further down the line. But there are only a very few select clubs that could afford and attract him.

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Because of that, it makes sense for City to have as high as realistically possible. If you are selling to a direct rival, you might as well cash in to the maxium extent.

So, I think it’s smart to have a release clause as long as it’s as high as the figures we are talking about.

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor issues verdict on Pep Guardiola’s Man City future amid Real Madrid claim.