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Erling Haaland is establishing a basis that will favor Real Madrid in the future when it comes to transfers

Wisdom Boakye   2021-12-12   19 Valid views





The transfer market's landscape is changing subtly. Real Madrid fans watched as Kylian Mbappe played his cards correctly and waited patiently for his dream transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid to happen. The next step in his career appeared to be on the horizon. His transition from Monaco to PSG was the first step on his path to becoming a global sensation. And now, with the world's largest club, he would conquer the sport. 

Instead, in an unprecedented move, PSG turned down 200 million euros. PSG broke an unwritten rule by keeping their superstar with one year left on his contract and even threatened that he would never leave the club, despite having all of Qatar's financial backing and the country's mandate to win the Champions League at any cost.


Some Madridistas are depressed as a result of these events. How can Real Madrid – or any other traditional club – compete with state-owned organizations? Is there any player who is safe when a team can treat a superstar like this? What might a club like PSG or even Newcastle do now that they've been purchased by Saudi Arabia? 

I'll tell you something. Do not be alarmed. Mino Raiola, Erling Haaland's father, and everyone else associated with the Norwegian superstar have devised a strategy that can be easily replicated. It's a clever system that shifts power away from super clubs and puts it back in the hands of the players. 

The release clause of Erling Haaland is a game-changer. 

When Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund in the winter transfer window of 2020, he didn't just make a smart move in terms of getting playing time against bigger clubs like Manchester United.


He also made a brilliant decision by opting out of those clubs, allowing him to maximize his earnings. 

To begin with, as I explained in this article about Karim Adeyemi's rumored impending move to Dortmund to replace Haaland, it is easier for a player to get a move from BVB than it is from, say, United or Juventus. 

Second, there's the release clause. Haaland could be sold for less than 100 million euros. No matter which reported figure you believe, I think we can all agree that Haaland, who has an incredible 51 goals in 51 games for the Black and Yellows, is worth double that money. 

That kind of release clause would never be accepted by a top club. Dortmund, on the other hand, is content with that.


The money made from the release clause already exceeds the meager 20 million euros they paid for him. Profit is profit for Dortmund. Furthermore, Haaland fits the club's ethos and develops into a marketable celebrity – a member of the family, if you will. As a result, Dortmund makes money there. 

Not Dortmund, but Haaland wields power. 

And Haaland comes out on top in a big way. He not only improves his reputation, but he also effectively becomes a free agent due to the release clause. He has the option of going wherever he wants. That release clause can be afforded by any top club. Between PSG and Real Madrid, the playing field is level. Dortmund is not included in the equation because they receive the same amount of money. There is no need for Dortmund to intervene and pick a club that is secondary to Haaland's wishes because there is no negotiation between clubs.


As if that weren't enough, Haaland also receives a bonus normally reserved for free transfers. He could earn a lot of money. Because teams save money on transfer fees, Haaland and his agents know they can make a lot of money in wages and bonuses. 

There's no reason why other players couldn't do the same. They can sign with a club like Dortmund or RB Leipzig, get regular playing time, leave with a reasonable release clause, and go wherever they want, just like Haaland. Rather than selecting the team that pays their parent club the most money, they select the team that either pays them the most or provides them with the best sporting project. Or a hybrid of the two. 

Now, hold on a second, if the decision is made between who can pay the parent club the most and who can pay the player the most, don't clubs like PSG and Manchester City have the same power