Volker Struth, the agent who represents Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, and Julian Nagelsmann among many others, spoke with Philipp Westermeyer’s OMR podcast and recounted stories of his interactions with Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez.
“Shortly before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, he [Florentino] invited me to lunch,” Struth revealed. “He is an incredibly nice person, with a great life story. He seems entrepreneurial, but he is still human. He explained to me why Toni [Kroos] is for him Real Madrid’s signing of the century. Kroos is unbeatable in terms of price-performance ratio”.
Volker Struth was the same agent that quoted the total transfer price for Erling Haaland earlier this year. In speaking with BILD, Struth laid out how the cost could end up near 300 million euros and how Bayern would be out of the running: “Haaland does have a release clause. The complete transfer with salary for five years, commissions for the agent, transfer fee and bonuses will probably equate to 250-300 million euros.”
“Even if Bayern Munich had the money, they would not make the offer. It would ignite an inferno in Germany, if a single player earned 50 million euros a year.”
It remains to be seen if any club would offer that kind of salary for the Norwegian striker, but there will be no shortage of suitors. All of Europe’s major’s clubs will be interested in one of the latest generational talents of the game.