Erling Haaland is intent on securing a move to Real Madrid this summer, not Liverpool, according to reports.
This comes from the Spanish publication ABC. They claim that Haaland, who has been tipped with an Anfield switch in recent months, is determined to make the Santiago Bernabéu his next footballing destination, should he leave Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland tipped for Real Madrid
EuroSport reported back in November that Anfield officials were confident that the Norwegian international would be Jurgen Klopp’s next big-money signing.
The 20-year-old, who was labelled as ‘phenomenal’ by Gary Lineker, has blasted in an incredible 31 goals in 30 games this season, which has quickly made him the most coveted player currently on the planet.
However, the latest news from Spain indicates that Madrid, too, are intent on bringing Haaland to La Liga, while the player himself is keen on linking up with the 13-time European champions.
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Make no mistake, whoever is lucky enough to land Haaland in the future is getting an absolute world beater. He already has more Champions League goals that Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Francesco Totti despite only turning 20 last year.
Unfortunately, ESPN have already ruled out Liverpool as a potential suitor – unless the Reds are able to get into the Champions League.
So, is this still possible for Liverpool? Well, in short, yes. For one, the Reds can qualify for Europe’s premier competition next season if they triumph in Istanbul come May.
Ironically, Liverpool have been drawn to face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, while the victor awaits either Chelsea or FC Porto in the semis.
Suddenly, the route towards a third European Cup final in fours years looks more than do-able.
In terms of signing Haaland, though, ESPN claims that he wouldn’t be interested in joining a club outside the Champions League.
Now, we have our reservations that Liverpool would struggle to sign the 2020 Golden Boy anyway.
His £66 million release clause doesn’t come into effect until 2022, after all, meaning the asking-price Dortmund could command this summer can be left to the imagination.
It would take an outrageous amount of money and Liverpool tend to avoid going down the superstar route.
Still, how Liverpool choose to address the summer transfer window is a precarious subject, given there is still so much to play for still this season.
Until then, it is very-much is just a waiting game.