Haaland Has €200M Release Clause, Doesn’t Apply to English Rivals
Erling Haaland will be available for €200 million from the summer of 2024 and his release clause will gradually decrease over the ensuing three years of his Manchester City contract, according to The Athletic’s Pol Ballus.
However, as reported by The Score, there’s one key restriction to this clause: It doesn’t apply to other English clubs. The stipulation makes Haaland transferring directly to a Premier League club almost impossible.
City manager Pep Guardiola had previously denied the existence of a clause in Haaland’s contract, saying last week, “It’s not true – he has no release clause for Real Madrid or any other team.”
The two potential frontrunners for Haaland’s signature at the end of the 2023-24 campaign would appear to be Real Madrid and Barcelona. Karim Benzema is expected to soon sign a contract extension with Los Blancos until 2024 – when Haaland is apparently available for €200 million – while Barca frontman Robert Lewandowski will be 36 that summer.
Haaland wouldn’t cost just €200 million, though. Manchester City paid £51 million to sign the Norwegian striker from Borussia Dortmund last summer, but after agent fees and bonuses, the final fee was around £85 million, Ballus reports.
His wages could also prove a stumbling block for the Spanish giants and any other interested party. Haaland is the top earner at Manchester City with a basic salary worth around £375,000 a week, but the Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan reported last week that “a series of substantial, almost guaranteed bonuses” actually lift his weekly wage to over £850,000.
Nevertheless, given his goal-scoring exploits – Haaland has already struck 20 times for City over 12 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League – clubs could still be tempted to pay such exorbitant sums when the marksman’s release clause is active.
The final major hurdle would be whether Haaland wants to leave City. At present, it’s understood the 22-year-old is extremely happy at the club after quickly becoming a hugely popular member of Guardiola’s squad and settling into life in central Manchester.