Liverpool could be losing speed in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, according to reports. Chelsea’s pursuit in the 20-year-old has seemingly taken another major step.
This comes from the German publication Bild. They say that Thomas Tuchel has been given the green light by Roman Abramovic to bring the Norwegian striker to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The notorious billionaire Chelsea owner is intent on making Haaland a Blue next season – and he is prepared to get the chequebook out to do so, too.
Haaland’s Dortmund contract doesn’t run out until 2022, after all, and Chelsea are prepared to pay beyond the former RB Salzburg’s £66 million release clause to get him in this summer instead, per BBC Sport.
Liverpool have previously been touted with a long-standing interest in Haaland, too, with EuroSport backing the seven-time Norway international to be Jurgen Klopp’s next major signing back in November.
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Manchester City are also said to be keen on making Haaland the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero. 90Min reports that Pep Guardiola is willing to splurge £100m on Dortmund duo Haaland and Giovanni Reyna.
However, neither City or Liverpool seem keen on the prospect of entering a bidding war with Chelsea, who recently signed Timo Werner and Kai Havertz from the Bundesliga.
With 43 goals in 43 games since his transition from Austria to Germany, there is no doubt that the 6ft 4in striker looks the real deal.
He’s even been likened to Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah.
Former Celtic and Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino recently told The Times: “He (Haaland) reminds me of Mohamed Salah, in that even when he misses with a few attempts you know he will continue to get chances.”
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It isn’t exactly surprising to see Chelsea looking towards their financial muscle to look to get ahead in the highly-documented race for Haaland.
After all, it was only a few months ago that Frank Lampard was given £70m for Havertz and £50m for Werner.
There appears to be no shortage of funds, then, for the former England international’s Chelsea successor, Tuchel.
However, money doesn’t look to be a factor that motivates Haaland, which offers Liverpool hope that this race is far from over.
For one, Haaland recently stated that he doesn’t want to make the jump to the Premier League too early in his career, especially after what happened to Fernando Torres over a decade ago.
So, this could come down to which club is better suited to Haaland long-term. One way for Liverpool can get ahead of Chelsea in this regard is by securing Champions League football for next season.
Beating the Blues at Anfield next Thursday, then, could go a long way in achieving that particular goal.