Norway sensation Erling Braut Haaland will demand a five-year package worth £78million to move clubs this summer.
That is the massive figure – worth a basic £300,000-a-week – being quoted to a clutch of clubs chasing the prolific Borussia Dortmund striker.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all in the hunt to sign Haaland, 20, who has struck 26 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions this season.
Real Madrid too are keen on the striker, whose representative is super-agent Mino Raiola, who also looks after Old Trafford midfielder Paul Pogba.
All interested parties have been been informed what it will cost in personal terms alone to persuade Haaland to exit Dortmund and join them at the end of this season
Although there is a £68m buy-out clause in his contract with the Germans, that cannot be triggered before the summer of 2022.
However, Dortmund are unlikely to wait that long to sell Haaland when they can expect to get at least £100million this July – such is the demand for his signature.
They will have little choice but to cash in if they don't finish in the Bundesliga's top four and secure Champions League football next season too.
That means it is going to come down to a straight financial scrap between the giants of Europe – with whoever produces the most lucrative deal winning.
Pep Guardiola, looking for a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, is a fan and City could use their Jadon Sancho sell-on clause to their advantage to get a deal done.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with Haaland at former club Molde and is keen to work with him again at Old Trafford.
He admitted last week that he is continuing to follow Haaland and that interest partially explains why they are yet to take up the option in Edinson Cavani's contract.
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