In an interview he gave to AS, agent Mino Raiola estimated that Real Madrid had, according to him, the financial means to recruit Erling Haaland. And that this possible transfer was not conditioned on the equally hypothetical arrival of Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain. According to him, the two players could coexist.
Before knowing where Erling Haaland will play next season, his clan takes the temperature. Borussia Dortmund have made it clear that they will not be selling this summer, but Mino Raiola cannot believe a word of it, believing that a matched offer could change the position of the German leaders. While waiting to see what it will be in the coming weeks, the entourage of the Norwegian prodigy began his seduction tour last month in Spain and England. But it is especially in Spain that the player is desired, by two giants who want to renew themselves.
Mino Raiola went to Madrid where he spoke with the sports leaders of the “White House”, but not Florentino Pérez, absent. The meeting would have lasted nearly four hours according to the Spanish press, the time to sweep all the subjects relating to a possible transfer, and to hear the arguments of each other, in particular financial. Can Real Madrid only afford Haaland in a context of economic crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic?
“I don’t know, I haven’t studied their finances, but I think they can,” Raiola told AS. “I think everyone can afford it. But the question is: can Madrid afford not to buy Haaland? ” Barça have shown great interest in the player but the club’s situation is even more delicate. “It’s complicated for Barcelona, but not impossible, said Raiola. It’s the job of a club manager. It’s the same for clubs as it is for players. A train goes by and what do you do You take it or you don’t take it. That’s the big question. “
Raiola: “The future of a footballer never depends on another footballer”
FC Barcelona may not be able to compete with Madrid on this ground, but the Merengue club already has Kylian Mbappé in the sights, the other talent of this generation, called with Haaland to mark the next decade. Difficult to have it both ways: “The problem for the big clubs is the following. Mbappé still has a year of contract (until 2022, PSG is currently negotiating to extend it). PSG can do two things. Either he do what Borussia did with Lewandowski a few years ago, don’t sell him and let him free, which is a very brave position, or he sells him now. It depends on the club, the player, “Raiola imagined .
Beyond the financial aspect, the two Spanish rivals have solid sporting arguments to make. And according to Mino Raiola, it is not inconceivable to imagine one day Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland evolving under the same jersey. In other words, the possible arrival of Mbappé at Real would not necessarily be an obstacle to that of Norwegian Haaland, both sharing the same dream: “The future of a footballer never depends on another footballer. It depends on him. You should know that Messi and Neymar can coexist in the big clubs, or Ronaldinho with other big guys. Can Haaland be with or without Mbappé… The big players are always together. “