Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign Norwegian striker Erling Haaland.
The Bundesliga side have activated a £17.1m release clause in his contract with current club RB Salzburg.
Liverpool never seemed true contenders for the player’s signature despite reported interest in the Norway international [Calciomercato].
Haaland signing for Dortmund is actually good news for the Reds, here’s why.
Our Premier League rivals all wanted to sign the prolific goal scorer. Manchester United held heavy interest, The Mirror claimed and had been considered by many favourites to sign the player. Luckily for us they have missed out. The Reds can now rest safe in the fact none of our direct rivals have signed such a talented striker.
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Liverpool wouldn’t be able to give Haaland the game time he needs right now. However, in a few seasons that could all change. The Reds will ultimately need to replace Roberto Firmino and the Leeds born striker could be the man to do so. By signing for Dortmund, he has left the door to Anfield open. Whereas a Premier League move would have killed any chance of that.
The transfer of Haaland to Dortmund could help Liverpool’s secure a massive signing. Jadon Sancho has long been linked with a move to Merseyside. By making such a high-profile attacking signing, the Bundesliga side may now be willing to let Sancho leave. However, it is unlikely he’ll move to Liverpool in the next month. Any potential deal will likely be made for the summer.
As far as losing out on top talent goes, Haaland’s move to Dortmund isn’t all that bad. We could still see him in a Liverpool shirt one day. And he may have opened the door for Jurgen Klopp to make a massive signing.