A frankly astonishing report over the weekend has broken to suggest that Mino Raiola is looking to make striker Erling Haaland the first-ever £1m-a-week footballer – no, you really read that right.
The striker has been a real force of nature on the continent with his move to Dortmund only spurring him to new heights and there’s a growing expectancy that he is going to make a huge move sooner rather than later, with Raiola calling the shots.
Indeed, according to The Mirror, Haaland’s agent is telling clubs that are being linked with him – Liverpool included – that he is looking to make the striker the first footballer in history to earn £1m a week from basic wages and add-ons like image rights and commercial deals.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Obscenity, there’s no other word for it.
Players get big money, there’s no denying that, but this would take things to a new stratosphere and it gets to a point where you wonder how much money does one person – or agent shall we say – really need?
Of course, footballers get paid big bucks and Haaland will command top wages with the way he is going but £1m a week is bonkers and, in truth, Liverpool deciding against that would be a decision that both morally and financially makes sense – it could be used in far better ways both on and off of the field.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.