Liverpool are ‘in the footsteps’ of Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness).
Haaland scored twice for Dortmund in their 4-2 Bundesliga win over Union Berlin on Sunday, taking his tally to 68 goals in just 67 matches for the club.
Liverpool faced Haaland in the group stages of the 2019/20 Champions League when he was still playing for RB Salzburg, and he found the net in an Anfield thriller that the Reds eventually won 4-3.
Next summer, a £64.1million release clause in the 21-year-old’s contract is set to become active (via The Athletic).
This report states that Liverpool are one of the clubs competing with FC Barcelona for the player’s signature.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also identified as suitors, and the expectation is that Haaland will leave Germany come next summer.
The transfer fee looks feasible for Liverpool. Their £76.19million move for Virgil van Dijk indicates that they’re willing to enter that ballpark for players they deem essential to their evolution.
But the cost of the deal will far exceed that release clause payment. According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola demanded wages of €50million (£42.9million) per year for his client as well as agent fees of €40million (£34.3million) when he received an approach from Chelsea.
Ultimately, that’s what might take Liverpool out of the running.
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