Manchester City are willing to pay £100 million to secure the signing of Erling Haaland, according to reports. Liverpool have also been mooted with an interest in the Norwegian sensation, per Eurosport.
This comes from The Mirror. They say that Pep Guardiola is prepared to spend £32 million more than the £68m release clause that comes into effect in 2022.
A recent report from EuroSport claimed that Liverpool insiders are confident that Jurgen Klopp’s next major signing could be 20-year-old Golden Boy Haaland.
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Haaland, 20, has been scoring for fun since he made the transition from Austria to Germany following his £17.1m [BBC] transfer from RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund last year.
He has 14 goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, while he boasts an overall total of 38 goals in 39 matches since signing at the Westfalenstadion.
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The Mirror reports that Guardiola has identified Haaland, whose father, Alf-Inge represented City from 2000 to 2003, as the natural successor to the club’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero.
The Argentinian international, whose contract expires in May, is widely expected to make a return to his native homeland once his deal runs out.
According to reports, City are even prepared to pay Haaland a whopping £400,000-a-week to secure the Dortmund sensation’s signature.
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This will undoubtedly come as a big blow to any Kopites with aspirations of seeing Haaland’s footballing talents one-day utilised at Anfield.
He is arguably unlike any other player currently on the transfer market, after all. At just 20-years-old, the acquisition of Haaland could represent a 10 to 15 year investment.
Suddenly, a £100m price-tag from City’s behalf doesn’t seem so outrageous when you consider what Haaland immediately guarantees – and that is goals.
So, would Liverpool be wise to match City’s offer next summer? The short answer is absolutely.
Let’s look at it this way, by not signing Haaland you risk the possibility of strengthening your fiercest rivals quite significantly. That is a prospect even Klopp would be desperate to avoid.
It’s certainly an eye-watering financial package, to say the least. However, if there is one player worth placing a nine-figure investment on, it’s the free-scoring attacking superstar from Norway.