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Real Madrid target’s agent explains why he could be worth €1 billion: “Wasn’t referring only to his transfer fee”

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Erling Haaland is rightly considered to be one of the hottest upcoming players in the world of football. The Norwegian star has already made himself comfortable at Manchester City and is breaking records for fun in the Premier League.

Real Madrid missed out on the youngster’s signing in the summer of 2021 when Haaland opted to sign for Pep Guardiola’s side over Los Blancos.

However, it is well known that the men in white are still actively in pursuit of the young star and are eyeing his arrival next summer.

Haaland’s agent clarifies her words

Speaking about her client earlier this year, Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimienta called him one capable of being football’s first €1 billion worth player.

The number left clubs across the world, including Real Madrid, startled for it was a far stretch even in the inflated market.

“I tell you not how much he costs, but how much he is worth: he will be the first footballer to be worth a billion. Think of the turnover he generates, at only 22 years old,” she said.

As revealed earlier today, she made her words from six months ago clearer by elaborating on what she meant by the statement. She outright denied the theory that Haaland’s release clause was set at €1 billion, and explained herself saying,

“After my statement, I read rumours talking about a €1 billion release clause that Real Madrid would have set for a player [referencing Rodrygo].

“In any case, for Erling, I wasn’t referring only to his transfer fee but to everything that revolves around him: clubs, sponsors, jerseys. Certainly, Haaland’s journey will reach these figures,” she told Calciomercato (h/t AS).

Haaland is a target for Real Madrid. (Photo by GABRIEL MONNET/AFP via Getty Images)

She then emphasised that the ‘clause’ in the player’s contract was only a reference number for any interested party. A transfer, preferably, would come after negotiation rather than triggering a clause.

“Regarding the clause, it’s a way for the clubs to say, ‘I decide,’ but I believe that if we want a calm future, we must engage in dialogue.”

Real Madrid’s objective

As revealed last week, Los Blancos have everything ready for a Galactico signing next summer.

The president is convinced that the team needs one more big name in the final third, and Haaland’s name has been growing in prominence once again in recent weeks.

The club have made room on the wage front and have as much as €393 million across various financial sources to fund any such move.

Needless to say, the new Santiago Bernabeu will only help inject any more finance required.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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