Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has explained the reason why the combined transfer fees paid by Manchester City for Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez are less expensive than the amount Liverpool paid for Darwin Nunez.
Manchester City signed Julian Alvarez from River Plate for £14 million during the winter transfer in January. The Argentina striker is to join Manchester City for pre-season next month. while Manchester City paid £51 million for Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
The combined transfer fees for Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez cost Manchester City £65 million which is less than the £85 million paid for Darwin Nunez from Benfica.
Liverpool had to break the club’s record transfer fees of £75 million they paid for Vigil Van Dijk from Southampton to sign Darwin Nunez.
What did Simon Jordan say?
Speaking via talkSPORTS on the White and Jordan show, the former Crystal Palace owner said: “I don’t think the Nunez deal is a statement in reaction to Manchester City. It’s the cost implications of doing business.
“Sadio Mane looks like he’s going to go so you need a replacement.
“Whatever Liverpool sell him for will be straight profit. He’s run down his contract with a year to go. Whatever they bought him for from Southampton, when they sell him for £40m or £35m, that will be all profit.
“With this new boy coming in, they put him on a six-year contract, they pay £65m for him, plus add-ons that will be based on some level of performance, it’s probably a half-sensible deal.
“The beauty of the Haaland deal, Nunez was a free market deal, the Haaland deal wasn’t a free market deal because there was a release clause.
“It was no great mercurial bit of business from anyone. Man City had the inside track with him for a variety of different reasons. Man City is probably able to meet the salary expectations that most clubs won’t be able to. There is a relationship between the father and the club but Man City has nicked him by comparison.
“At £51m, in today’s market, Haaland is a snip. But he’s not a free market transaction. Nunez is a free market transaction so Liverpool has to pay the going price.”
Meanwhile, Simon Jordan hailed the Manchester City transfer for Erling Haaland concerning his transfer fees.
Simon Jordan added: “You’re buying someone here that is, in the here and now, at the very top of their game.
“Now, we can run the argument that the Bundesliga is not, perhaps, as competitive as the Premier League.
“But, notwithstanding that, if you score a goal a game in any league you are some kind of player and the Bundesliga is a top league.
“City has bought something they, arguably, have been missing for some time, a central focus for some of their beautiful play and that may be the certain thing that was lacking at times, albeit what was lacking last year was very little. The margins were so small in terms of what they lacked.
“I think you have got someone that has been bought on a price because his late agent [Mino Raiola] put a situation in the place that got him out of a German club at what is looked at as a discounted price because of the parameters he could have gone for when he was without the clause for release.
“I’ll be fascinated to see how good this boy is because we’ve seen it before with Timo Werner coming over with a huge reputation of having scored goals in German football and he hasn’t done that here.
“I don’t think this boy will fall into that trap but there is going to be a lot of expectation and a lot of anticipation and those two things will come together and produce a player that will either meet or disappoint them.
“I think he will meet them. I think he will score a lot of goals because he is playing in a side that will create chances.”