English Premiership

Only four Premier League clubs can afford Erling Braut Haaland, says agent Mino Raiola

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Erling Braut Haaland (Getty Images)
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Mino Raiola says only four English Premier League clubs could afford to buy Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland.

The 20-year-old striker – who's scored 28 goals in all competitions this season – has a release clause of £68 million, set to be activated in the summer of 2022.

The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all been heavily linked with a move for the Norwegian and Raiola claims that any side in world football would want to sign Haaland.

When asked about Haaland's future, Raiola told BBC Sport: "The problem that I feel you have in England, especially in England, whenever I tell my opinion – just an opinion that I have – everybody in England goes berserk.

"I am the worst agent, or I am the best, it doesn't matter, you have people that love you or people that hate you – or 80% hates me, 20% loves me or whatever. And clubs get so much stress and stressed out by it, especially from the public and the journalists, that I've learned not to talk so much about it, only during the market.

"It is obvious though that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it's so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level.

"He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: 'How long can we still enjoy them?' So, everyone is looking for the new generation.

"It's obvious that only maybe a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] from Dortmund so we can all fill in those clubs.

"And four of those clubs are in your beautiful country [England]. And you can fill them in, you can call them and ask, 'Would you be interested?'

"I don't think there's a sports director or trainer in the world who would say 'I am not interested'. It's like saying: 'Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'"

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