Chelsea’s reported mega-money offer for Erling Haaland ‘defies sense’ and is taking football to ‘unjustified’ and ‘vulgar’ heights of expenditure, Simon Jordan has declared.
Reports on Monday linked the Blues with a whopping £174million move to sign the Borussia Dortmund sensation as Thomas Tuchel steps up his pursuit of a goalscorer this summer.
Haaland, who has netted an astonishing 170 goals already at just 20 years old, has been linked with a move to every big European club in recent seasons but according to The Telegraph, the European Champions are ready to break their wage structure to land the Norway ace.
The newspaper even claims Haaland is ‘interested’ in joining Chelsea and would be open to the transfer either this or next summer.
But talkSPORT pundit Jordan believes the proposed transfer is further proving his view that money is killing the game and making it impossible for smaller clubs to compete.
“When you’re talking about players being bought for £60m, £70m or £80m – aren’t we already pushing the envelope?”, said the White and Jordan host.
“When we start to move into the territory of a quarter of a billion pounds, or the best part of 20 per cent of a billion – you’re moving into a territory that is ludicrous.
“It’s ridiculous, and that’s before the idea that he’s going to get £25m, £26m or £27m-a-year.
“It’s not because I’m a football club owner who’s had his head handed to him economically, but because it’s something fundamentally wrong with these numbers.
“They’re not justified, these are football players that are operating in an industry that isn’t awash with money, it isn’t justifying it.
“He’s not like a movie star who carries £150m for a studio. Most football clubs are economically on the cusp of not making money. They may have some capital value if one day someone comes along and spends £3bn on x, y and z – which has has never yet happened, by the way.
“For me, it just feels like it defies logic, it defies sense and there’s no justification behind it.”
He added: “It’s going to need to be a long term investment but like anything, you can’t guarantee the performance of a player or the longevity of how long his career will be.
“We’ve got a player who is operating at a very high level at 20 years or age, but when you get into territory of £150m quid, it’s starting to make football ridiculous.
“Neymar’s PSG transfer was ridiculous, it was obscene. It’s a vulgar spend of money and it’s driving up a wage structure that is insane.”
Chelsea are said to be hoping to get rid of several players in order to free up space on the wage bill for Haaland.
Tammy Abraham, who has found himself out of favour under Thomas Tuchel, has reportedly been offered to Dortmund as part of a swap-plus-cash deal for Haaland.