The Premier League will have a new mega-money star next season following Manchester City’s swoop for Erling Haaland.
City have been after a new striker for several years and now have their man, triggering Haaland’s £51million release clause at Borussia Dortmund.
That represents something of a bargain given Haaland’s quality but City will certainly need to pay big bucks to the Norwegian.
The Etihad giants will hand the 21-year-old a long-term deal on £375,000-a-week and that will put him among the top earners in the Premier League.
United goalkeeper David De Gea is also on £375,000-a-week while Old Trafford duo Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane compete the top five.
Highest-paid players in the Premier League
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £510,000-a-week
2. Kevin De Bruyne – £400,000
3= David De Gea – £375,000
3= Erling Haaland – £375,000
5= Jadon Sancho – £350,000
5= Raphael Varane – £340,000
7. Romelu Lukaku – £325,000
8= Jack Grealish – £300,000
8= Raheem Sterling – £300,000
10= N’Golo Kante – £290,000
10= Paul Pogba – £290,000
12. Timo Werner – £272,000
13= John Stones – £250,000
13= Edinson Cavani – £250,000
13= Anthony Martial – £250,000
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted Man City have signed a ‘real beast’ in Haaland.
“Good player, good player,” Klopp said on City signing Haaland. “But City was never and never will be a team that wins games because of one player.
“They have a specific way to play and I think Erling will realise all of a sudden that he will score a lot of goals on the second post… he will love that.
“He’s a real beast. He was injured a couple of times with Dortmund but when he’s fit he’s a real beast.
“So unfortunately, it’s a really good signing.”
Meanwhile, top earner Ronaldo has one year left on his United contract and Ralf Rangnick intends to talk with incoming Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag soon.
Rangnick said: “We will have to speak about it between us; with Erik, myself and the board.
“Cristiano has another year of contract and it’s also important to see and find out what Cristiano wants to do and see if he wants to stay.
“I haven’t been able to speak with Erik so far and it doesn’t make sense to speak about it [Ronaldo’ future] right now.”
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