Report: Chelsea find Mino Raiola's Erling Haaland contract demand unacceptable
Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola insists on inserting a release clause in the striker’s potential deal with Chelsea, according to The Transfer Window Podcast’s Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles.
It has been a rather quiet start to the summer transfer window for the Blues so far, except for a few departures on free transfers.
But according to McGarry, the Blues have been working behind the scenes to secure a blockbuster deal for Haaland.
He claims that talks over the 20-year-old’s transfer to Stamford Bridge are “progressing” and personal terms have been “signed off by the Chelsea hierarchy”.
However, the release clause demanded by Raiola could prove to be a stumbling block, the transfer expert added, which Chelsea are “not particularly keen on”.
Raiola looking for opportunity to strike another big transfer for Haaland in the future
Interestingly, Castles further added Raiola sees it as an opportunity to take advantage of how Chelsea work in the transfer market.
“It does look as though Raiola had been marketing Haaland as a player that you have one chance to buy and keep for 10 years,” Castles told The Transfer Window Podcast.
“He seems to be thinking that if it’s going to be Chelsea, he might have the opportunity to [find Haaland another] move to another club at the later stage.
“Because Chelsea aren’t necessarily the club that keeps their star players to the limit.
“We’ve seen them sell Eden Hazard when the money was right, Thibaut Courtois when he pushed to be allowed to leave.
“It does appear that what Raiola is doing is trying to give himself an opportunity to move Haaland again at substantial money with the release clause.
“[It] might ratchet down per season according to how many years Haaland [potentially] stays at the club.”