Liverpool look to have been handed a potential boost in their hopes of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
The Norwegian’s agent, the renowned Mino Raiola, has suggested in a recent interview that only 10 clubs worldwide can afford to sign the 20-year-old phenomenon ahead of next season, four of which are in the Premier League.
The Mirror suggests that these English teams are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea – and with the Reds having been linked with a move for the former RB Salzburg striker in the past, it comes as a boost that they are on a relatively small shortlist of clubs who can reportedly afford to sign him.
Haaland has been a goal machine in his short career thus far, having excelled with Salzburg before his move to Germany, where he has subsequently contributed an extraordinary 43 goals and 10 assists in just 43 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
The striker has a release clause of £68 million with the Bundesliga side, but that only becomes active in the summer of 2022, and it seems that plenty of clubs are willing to pay more than that in order to prise him away from BVB this summer.
If Liverpool were able to win the race for Haaland this summer, there would be shades of the deal that saw them sign Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in 2007.
The Reds brought in the Spanish striker for a club-record fee, with him having been prolific with the Spanish side and attracted interest from across Europe as a result, with Sir Alex Fergurson claiming that he tried to sign him several times for Manchester United.
Therefore, it is already easy to see the similarities between the deal for Torres and any potential deal for Haaland, as Liverpool would no doubt have to smash the £75 million they paid for Virgil van Dijk if they want to bring in the £99 million-rated Norwegian this summer.
However, you can also see similarities in their style of play, as during his time at Liverpool, Torres was regarded as a lightning-quick forward, who was surprisingly strong and powerful in the air, whilst also being a devastating finisher at times.
Haaland has shown all of these qualities during his time at Dortmund, with the youngster scoring extremely highly when it comes to his finishing, whilst also having shown incredible speed despite his six foot four frame.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann was full of praise for the Dortmund striker recently, saying:
“Of course, he is an exceptional striker – this is why we wanted him, too. Dortmund got him.
“I think he just scored 25 goals in 25 Bundesliga games, something like that. This is truly extraordinary. Unbelievable stats.”
Therefore, since Liverpool are reportedly on the shortlist of clubs who can afford him, they should do everything they can to bring him to Anfield this summer, as it is clear he is destined to become one of the best footballers in the world.
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