Norwegian star Erling Haaland has started his career brightly in the Premier League and now his agent has come up with claims that his client could become the first £1 billion player of the sport in future.

The 22-year-old has already hit three hat-tricks and scored 22 goals across all competitions for Manchester City in 15 games. He has not scored or assisted in only two of these matches, both of which Manchester City lost, against Liverpool.

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Manchester City signed Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2022 for £51.2 million, partly because of a release clause in the Norwegian’s contract with the German outfit. Since then, Haaland has been subject to scrutiny by the English press and former Premier League players and it is safe to assume that he is yet to disappoint.

Haaland was represented by super agent Mino Raiola before he died and is represented by Rafaela Pimienta currently. According to the 40-year-old lawyer, the transfer market in the future will see buyers forced to spend more money, and as a result, she believes that Haaland could become the costliest player in history.

“If you put together his football value, his image value, his sponsor value, it is for sure £1 billion,” Pimienta told Sky Sports.

She also went on to compare Haaland with Kylian Mbappe, who also had a hefty price tag when he joined Paris Saint-Germain from AS Monaco as a teenager.

“It’s normal to compare Erling with Mbappe, so you have a little bit of an idea of the market – I think Erling would be the first player to achieve a transfer that would be around £1 billion,” she said.

When Erling Haaland joined Manchester City, it was widely reported that he had a clause in his contract with the club that allowed him to sign for Real Madrid at the end of the 2023-24 season at a reduced fee. While manager Pep Guardiola denied the rumours, Pimienta did not make any comments on it.

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“The good and bad of being a lawyer is that you know what you cannot say,” she said. “You don’t need somebody poking you like, ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ I cannot talk about it,” she added.

The agent was asked whether Erling Haaland will be signing a new contract with the Premier League giants, to which she responded positively. “I hope so. If they want to discuss today, we’d be happy. Why not? Always good,” she concluded.