Chelsea supporters were absolutely dismayed by the reported price Mino Raiola was demanding for Erling Haaland’s services.
According to BILD, Raiola had attempted to leach €50m (£43m) a year in wages for his client, plus €40m (£34m) for himself in agent fees, if Haaland was to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.
It was no secret that Chelsea wanted to lure the Norwegian Stamford Bridge way.
Based on these latest claims, Roman Abramovich cannot be blamed for seemingly turning his back on this deal.
Instead, he threw all his golden eggs into Romelu Lukaku’s basket in a club-record deal that is, so far, worth the investment.
Blues fans certainly felt they dodged a bullet by not succumbing to Raiola’s requirements, even if it meant missing out on Haaland.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
That was too much from him, no wonder the champions of Europe went for the best option— Edgar Amanya (@EdgarAmanya1) August 25, 2021
Glad Lukaku left his camp— Chelseafc4life ⭐⭐ (@ChelseaEmpire99) August 25, 2021
These are the kind of wages that could destroy a club…— Pradeep Janardhan (@pradeepp2426) August 25, 2021
Ridiculous. Thank god we pulled out— Don Tuchel 🧠 (@CFCDonn_) August 25, 2021
Glad our club doesn’t back down to people like him… also I don’t think he’s come across an owner like Roman either…— Tony Green⭐️⭐️ (@TonyGre81512007) August 25, 2021
Raiola’s rich list
Whilst Chelsea finally have a new striker, Haaland remains with Dortmund and is unlikely to move before the window closes next Tuesday.
Unless of course, Raiola decides to rethink his conditions to a more obtainable sum.
If he maintains these astronomical wishes, then simply nobody will be able to afford his client without shattering their wage structure.
Based on BILD’s figures and Raiola’s greed, Haaland would earn £3.5m per month if he was sold by Dortmund this season.
Chelsea’s highest earner, now Lukaku, is paid around £1.3m per month.
Even the richest of owners couldn’t justify splashing that kind of cash, especially in a covid stricken market.
But there’s little doubt Raiola will keep pushing his propaganda, even if nobody wants to vote for him.