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17th Mar 2022

Borussia Dortmund advisor ‘passed out’ after hearing reported Man City deal for Erling Haaland

Daniel Brown

‘The numbers – I had whiplash! I passed out.’

Borussia Dortmund advisor Matthias Sammer joked that he ‘passed out’ when he heard about the money involved in Erling Haaland’s potential transfer to Manchester City.

Reports last week suggested that the reigning Premier League champions are the frontrunners to sign the 21-year-old striker in the summer.

While Haaland has a reported release clause of £63million, it is thought that a deal for him could cost nearly £100million due to his signing-on bonus and a significant payment to his agent Mino Raiola.

City are said to be prepared to make the Norwegian the highest paid player in the Premier League with wages of £500,000 per week.

Speaking about Haaland’s potential deal to City, Sammer – who was sporting director at Bayern Munich during Pep Guardiola’s time at the club – joked that he ‘passed out’ when he heard about the money involved in the deal.

“I didn’t hear anything today, yesterday, the day before yesterday,” he told Amazon Prime.

“I know City is after him. The numbers – I had whiplash! I passed out. My wife picked me up again. Accordingly, it is possible.”

Sammer also suggested that he would be keen to see Haaland play under Guardiola, suggesting that they could both ‘benefit from each other’.

He added: “I’m very excited to see how the Guardiola-Haaland combination will work if it comes to that.

“They will both benefit from each other. Because Pep, of course – I was able to experience him for three years – has a certain idea. I can also imagine dealing with a centre-forward, no question. But he will also have to learn from the centre-forward.”

Several other clubs are also showing interest in the sought-after frontman, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain thought to be keen on securing his signature.

However, Real Madrid could pose the biggest threat to City’s chances of signing Haaland – but that could depend on whether they are able to secure a deal for Kylian Mbappé.

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