Erling Haaland is the name at the top of practically every European heavyweight’s transfer wish-list this summer.
Whether it’s Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United, Haaland is a name that is consistently muttered across each respective fan base.
However, amid extensive interest all across Europe, there are guarenteed to be a number of clubs who will indeed miss out on landing the 2020 Golden Boy winner.
Also, with reports suggesting Borussia Dortmund could command an asking price in excess of £100 million, Haaland will be a difficult deal to pull off, despite Liverpool’s well-documented admiration in the player.
Daka to Liverpool
So, how do you go about finding an alternative to Haaland, which doesn’t come with a nine-figure transfer fee?
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Well, Haaland’s former club, Red Bull Salzburg, could have Liverpool’s answer. Patson Daka has been touted with a move to Anfield this summer.
Daka, who was the direct replacement to Haaland following his £17.1m [BBC] departure to Dortmund in December 2019, has been in sensational form in the Austrian top-flight.
He has 20 goals in 18 league matches this term, after all. In all competitions, he has clocked up a whopping 27 goals in 31.
Only one of Daka’s goals this season have come from the penalty spot, too.
Many people will undoubtedly point to the quality of the league to diminish Daka’s achievements, but the same questions were asked when Haaland was ripping up the Austrian Bundesliga.
With that said, Liverpool would be wise not to pass up the opportunity to sign Salzburg’s latest attacking sensation, especially when you consider how significantly Haaland’s stock has risen in such a short period of time.
A viable option
Salzburger Nachrichten adds that Daka has been valued at around £20m, which in today’s market, is a considerably moderate fee, particularly for a player closing in on 30 goals this term.
Considering Liverpool are preparing to sell Origi, too, makes the need for Daka all the more relevant.
The 22-year-old striker is exactly the kind of player that Liverpool should be looking at, especially when you consider the club’s self-sustaining transfer model.
Daka, who is just two years Haaland’s senior, could be available for a fifth of the Norwegian striker’s asking-price, after all. That’s a bargain that is difficult to ignore.
His age is another determining factor that works in his favour, too. There is every possibility, then, that Daka could learn directly off Liverpool’s current pedigreed front-three before Klopp thinks about a transitional plan.
This effectively means that Daka wouldn’t immediately demand a starting XI-role – a proposition the likes of Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson and Fabinho all had to combat upon their Liverpool arrivals.
At this stage, though, it’s important to note Liverpool have only expressed interest at this point. Daka could very-well be one of a number of attacking targets the Reds consider this summer.
So for now, it’s one of many possibilities that could materialise in the coming months. However, it’s a potential deal that could hand Liverpool more options to strengthen in other positions.
For instance a move for a Gini Wijnaldum replacement, another centre-back, and Daka would round-off a successful summer from a Liverpool perspective. We shouldn’t rule anything out at this early stage.