Manchester United’s interest in Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland is no secret, but the striker’s price tag and wage demands could blow the Red Devils out of the water.
In addition to Dortmund’s £130 million fee, the striker’s suitors will also have to match his staggering wage demands of around £350,000 per week, say BILD Sport.
Therefore, only a handful of clubs can afford to take Haaland away from North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Norwegian is arguably the most coveted young player in world football, with United amongst a group of big clubs monitoring his progress.
With Edinson Cavani reportedly heading towards the Old Trafford exit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a proven goalscorer to slot in for the experienced Uruguayan.
Unsurprisingly, their number one choice Haaland, who Solskjaer handed his senior debut at Molde.
The former RB Salzburg man is grateful for everything his compatriot has done to help him become one of the most lethal forwards in Europe’s top-five divisions.
In an interview with Eurosport in 2020, Haaland recalled how Solskjaer taught him the craft of scoring goals.
“Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing,” he said. “Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules.
“The first one was on touch. That I do not use too much power and trying to destroy the or the goalie with the ball.
“I think that I was thinking about that and it was something new that he told me.
“I trained a bit on that but without scoring. But at least I had it in my head after that training session.
“That was something he taught me in the days before that game and he has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situations where the ball is coming.
“It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that.”
The Norwegians would embrace the prospect of a reunion, but the cost of the deal to bring Haaland to the Premier League could throw a spanner in the works.
United intend to raise funds for the operation by offloading unneeded players at the end of the season.
A potential summer departure of the club’s highest earner, David de Gea, could pave the way for Haaland’s arrival.
The Spaniard currently earns around £370,000 per week, which puts a hefty squeeze on United’s wage bill.
However, with a departure from United mooted this summer, the Red Devils may be in a position to sign Haaland.