Interior view of Liverpool’s proposed move for Erling Haaland – “I know the owner well”
Erling Haaland has a release clause in his contract which will become active next year – and the Borussia Dortmund striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League
It has been revealed that Liverpool are unlikely to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland in 2022 despite the savings this summer.
The Reds’ only new acquisition for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign is defender Ibrahima Konate, who signed from RB Leipzig for Â£ 36million.
Many believed Jurgen Klopp would push for a midfielder, due to the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, and a striker, due to the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for January due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, the former Dortmund boss has maintained the depth of his current squad, with some suggesting that an overhaul can now be expected in 2022.
If so, Liverpool fans have every reason to be excited, but they won’t see the coveted Haaland play for them at Anfield according to former Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
When asked if Haaland was seen as Bild’s replacement for Robert Lewandowski, Rummenigge said: âWith Lewandowski you have the best center-forward in the world. Haaland is the second best,
âI think Bayern want Robert to stay beyond the end of the contract in 2023. Haaland is an investment. I don’t think he’s going to Liverpool. I know the owner very well and he is not known to open the piggy bank.
“For Haaland, I would not lead Real [Madrid] outside. Maybe they’ll open the box a little more this summer and maybe get Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
Haaland scored 27 goals in 28 appearances last season for Dortmund and started the new campaign in similar sensational form, scoring five goals and assisting three in just four appearances.
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The Norwegian is believed to have a Â£ 68million release clause in his contract at Signal Iduna Park which will become active in August 2022, which is considered a good deal given he is only 22 years old and should be the best player in the world because he keeps improving.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all previously been linked with the former Molde striker, with the latter seeing him as an alternative to Harry Kane after their failed pursuit recently.
Real Madrid and PSG are also expected to keep an eye on the powerful striker and won’t be put off by his price tag, nor by his astronomical financial demands.
According to The Sun, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has demanded that his client be paid around Â£ 825,000 per week which would make him the third highest paid footballer in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
It is these numbers that explain why Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich chose to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan to solve the Blues’ goal issues rather than bringing the exciting prospect to Stamford Bridge.
The report goes on to say that Raiola himself expects to be paid Â£ 34million just for making a deal on the line and representing his client in contract negotiations.
It remains to be seen where Haaland will line up in 2022, but there is no doubt that there will be clubs around him when next summer’s transfer window opens.