Erling Haaland’s agent has claimed the Manchester City striker could become the world’s first £1 billion player.
Haaland got off to a good start in his career with City since signing his release clause from Borussia Dortmund, which sources told ESPN was worth 60 million euros.
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The 22-year-old has scored 20 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions for City in this campaign, leading his representative, Rafaela Pimenta, to say he could break the £1 billion sign mark.
Speaking about the transfer fee Haaland could be signed in an interview with Sky Sports, Pimenta said: “If you put together his football value, his image value, the sponsor’s value, it would definitely be £1 billion.”
“It’s only natural that you would compare Erling to [Kylian] Mbappe, so you have an idea of the market – I think Erling will be the first player to achieve a transfer deal of around £1 billion.”
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Earlier this month, City coach Pep Guardiola dismissed reports that Haaland had a clause in his contract allowing him to join Real Madrid for less pay after the 2023-24 season.
“The good and the bad about being a lawyer is that you know what you can’t say,” Pimenta said in response to a question about the reports. “You don’t need someone to pressure you, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that.’ I can’t talk about that.”
Pimenta was also asked if discussions would soon take place over a new contract for the Norway international at the Etihad Stadium.
“I hope so,” Pimenta said. “If they want to discuss today, we’d be happy. Why not? Always good.”