Chelsea could see themselves priced out of a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports in the UK.
The Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola is expected to demand a contract which could be worth up to £1m a week, including wages, bonuses and image rights.
It is also believed that both Haaland’s father and Raiola will also ask for £20m in fees as part of any transfer this summer. The huge sums mean only three teams may be able to afford the 20-year-old.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are said to be the clubs who would be able to come up with the sort of funds necessary, meaning both Chelsea and Manchester United may have to pull out of the race for the player.
It remains to be seen, though, whether these extraordinary figures turn out to be reflective of the real numbers involved. Raiola has previously rubbished claims about his agent fees as “fake news” but, in any case, this is likely to be one of the most expensive transfers in football history.