Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland prior to signing Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee.
Borussia Dortmund were reluctant on selling the striker and were only willing to listen to offers of around £150million for Haaland.
Signing Lukaku instead of Haaland means the Blues saved millions in transfer fee and also in wages.
According to German media outlet Bild, Mino Raiola – who is Haaland’s agent – demanded €50million (£42million) per year in terms of wages which works out to be roughly £428,292 per week for Haaland.
Raiola also reportedly demanded an agent’s fee of €40million (£34million) which would have been split evenly with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge.
So taking the £150million transfer fee, the €50million (£42million) per year wages and Raiola’s €40million (£34million) agent fee into consideration, signing Haaland would have cost Chelsea £226million.
Keep in mind this figure would have increased when factoring in certain bonuses such as appearance fees, meeting goalscoring targets and winning trophies.
Signing Lukaku was obviously the best decision for Chelsea.