Due to the “crazy” price tag, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has declared there is “no way” the Reds will try to sign Erling Haaland this summer.
The future of the Borussia Dortmund striker has been hotly debated in recent months. This summer, the 21-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in 24 appearances this season, appears to be on the move. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are among the clubs rumoured to be interested.
Chelsea attempted to sign the Norway striker last summer but was unable to do so due to the deal’s overall cost. With the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, in charge of negotiations, the price appears to have only gone up.
Dortmund still has a chance to keep the striker, who has a deal that runs until 2024. However, their CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has admitted that a massive contract offer will knock them out of the running.
“”Erling Haaland?”” says the narrator. “”From the player’s perspective, we still don’t know anything,”” he told Bild last week. “”However, we know that if Manchester City comes, we won’t be able to keep up financially.””
“”With [Robert] Lewandowski to Bayern [Munich] and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang to Arsenal, it has already happened.””
What is known is that Liverpool will not be among the teams bidding for Haaland, owing to the astronomical cost of a deal that could exceed £300 million.
“”We’re not going there,”” the former Dortmund manager told SportBild, according to Goal. “”The amounts involved are insane, and we’re not going to be a part of it.”” “”Not a chance!”” To be honest, I don’t want to be a part of it. It’s not enjoyable.””
Meanwhile, according to Goal, Haaland’s contract contains no official €75 million release clause. It was thought that it would be ready to use this summer. However, new evidence reveals that the player has a gentleman’s agreement with Dortmund.Raiola will want a long contract for his client, as well as a substantial agent’s fee.
Volker Struth, Toni Kroos’ agent, spoke to BILD about the true cost of a Haaland agreement in November.
“”The total sum, including the agent’s five-year pay and fee, would probably be about €250 million to €300 million,”” Struth stated.