It is not often that when two of your rivals are close to signing world-class strikers you can claim it to be a positive. However recent transfer reports now make dream Liverpool transfer possible.
As the transfers of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku drawn closer, so does the likelihood of Liverpool signing Erling Haaland.
According to the Times, Tottenham striker Harry Kane did not report to training on Monday amid rumoured transfer interest from Manchester City. It is believed the 28-year-old’s motivation was to attempt to force through a move.
In addition it has been reported by the Guardian that Chelsea’s £85 million bid for Inter’s Romelu Lukaku has been rejected, however they are anticipated to still pursue his signature.
Liverpool were never in a position to sign either player and their rumoured transfers will undoubtedly strengthen Manchester City and Chelsea, but they also offer Liverpool a considerable boost in their pursuit of Haaland.
Haaland becomes a real possibility
Understandably interest in Haaland is believed to be high. The 21-year-old has scored an incredible 40 goals in 43 league appearances at Borussia Dortmund, putting the rest of the world on notice.
Many, if not all, of Europe’s elite clubs have displayed interest in Haaland with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool among them. However one by one clubs appear to be ruling themselves out of the race.
If Manchester City sign Kane they will have not only filled Haaland’s position but would also seemingly be unable to raise the funds to afford him due to financial fair play. Manchester United would be in a similar position following their major summer signing Jadon Sancho.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Lukaku would mean he would join Kai Havertz and Timo Werner as their attacking options surely ruling out any possibility to accommodate Haaland.
According to ESPN, Real Madrid are expected to heavily pursue another Liverpool target in Kylian Mbappe, and their rivals Barcelona are currently without the financial flexibility required to afford Haaland after reports of club debt’s now totalling over £1 billion.
This would all seemingly point to just one likely destination for Haaland, and that would be Anfield.
Haaland is the perfect fit
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino are all 29-years-old. They join a large contingent of the squad who are all nearing the end of their careers in the following five years.
World-class strikers are hard to come by easily so it is understandable why fans would be annoyed that our rivals are close to signing two of them in Kane and Lukaku. However both players are 28-years-old and Kane has an extensive injury list. Neither player therefore suit Liverpool’s needs.
Haaland on the other hand is just 21-years-old and already appears to be at a world-class level. He would be a rare signing for anyone in the sense he provides immediate quality yet his best years are still ahead of him.
The gigantic Norwegian would be able to join Mane and Salah in forming a unrivalled front three. Then when the day comes Haaland himself would become the focal point as the club can build a new front three around him.
Furthermore the lack of possible destinations elsewhere could allow Liverpool to sign him for a reasonable fee. There would be no bidding war and he is believed to have a £66 million release clause which comes into effect next summer. That begs the question whether Liverpool would now be able to force Dortmund’s decision any sooner.
Fans never want to see their club stand idle while others act. However on this occasion it should be welcomed as that only moves Liverpool closer to the one man they not only want, but need.