Mino Raiola and Erling Haaland’s father will have to quarantine and won’t be allowed to meet Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City if their European tour lands in England, as they roam Europe to secure a £154M fee for the striker
- Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland met with Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain
- According to the Spanish press, next stop is London to meet Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, with Liverpool also interested
- But government says anyone travelling to UK from Spain must self-isolate
- Elite sports people are exempt if they are visiting the UK for competition but…
- There is no exemption in place for football agents, so no chance for club meets
Mino Raiola’s grand European tour to ramp up the price for striking sensation Erling Haaland will come to a shuddering halt should he decide to jet into England to hold talks with Premier League heavyweights.
Reports in Spain suggest the Italian super-agent is London-bound with the Borussia Dortmund player’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, to meet representatives from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Mundo Deportivo also claims that Liverpool are keen to speak to the pair.
Mino Raiola revealed this week that Erling Haaland is ‘the talk of the town’ amid whirlwind tour
Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland were in Spain and held talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid
However, Sportsmail understands that the formidable duo will fall foul of Britain’s strict quarantine rules if they touchdown in the UK, and would be banned from meeting anyone, for business reasons for a full 10 days.
And while elite sports men and women are exempt from these rules if they are here to compete, football agents are not.
Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £10,000, which is a modest sum when compared with the value of the player they are trying to sell.
Haaland, alongside Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, is the hottest property in world football at present, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly looking for a fee of £154m to prise their star asset from the club.
According to Mundo Deportivo, four Premier League sides will meet with Raiola and Alf-Inge
Stricter travel restrictions were announced by Mapped ministers on March 23 in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus variants, which have been driving up infections across the continent.
Raiola, who is ranked among the top five wealthiest agents in the world by Forbes, and Haaland, held a two-hour meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and the club’s director of football Mateu Alemany on Thursday morning.
The agent then touched down in Madrid, where reports in Spain claimed he met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Manchester rivals City and United are both keen admirers of the 20-year-old sensation
Liverpool and Chelsea representatives will also meet Haaland Snr and Raiola if they arrive
And the Spanish press said the negotiating tour will continue on Friday, with Raiola, who is reportedly worth more than £60m, and his companion, travelling to London.
However, the Department for Transport has confirmed to Sportsmail that there is no travel corridor between Spain and the UK and the rules suggest there is no prospect of meeting up with the interested clubs.
The pair would need to take a Covid test prior to travel and would be subject to quarantine at a hotel or temporary accommodation on their arrival.
‘When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you’re staying and not leave until 10 days have passed,’ says the UK government travel advice.
Haaland’s representatives are on a negotiating tour over the £154m-rated Dortmund star
It adds: ‘If you’re travelling to England for less than 10 days, you will need to quarantine for the whole of your stay.
‘You must travel directly to your place of quarantine when you arrive in England and directly from your place of quarantine to the port or airport when you leave.
‘You cannot have visitors, including friends and family, unless they’re providing: emergency assistance; care or assistance, including personal care; medical assistance; veterinary services or certain critical public services.’
When asked about the Raiola tour today, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, distanced himself from the hype.
‘I will not answer that out of respect for the player and Borussia Dortmund,’ said Tuchel.
‘There is big news around him and his agent. It seems like they are creating a race for the player and I will fully accept this a player for Borussia Dortmund, a promising player of course.
‘But he isn’t our player and is not in our squad. So, we will not comment on anything else regarding Haaland.’