According to 90Min, Borussia Dortmund are willing to accept the fee for Erling Haaland in instalments if it means clubs agree to pay more than his release clause is set at.
The report states that with his release clause set at £64million, Dortmund are aware they cannot refuse to sell for the player for less but have made it clear they are willing to accept an amortized fee on the basis that it exceeds the value of the release clause.
More significantly from a Liverpool perspective, the report names the Reds as one of the clubs that are ‘anticipated’ to make a bid for Haaland which is the first indication that Jurgen Klopp is more than just interested.
All the talk leading up to this point has surrounded the fact that the Norway international is a player admired by Klopp and his coaching staff but that’s hardly a surprise given his potency in front of goal.
In all competitions last season, Haaland scored 41 goals and assisted 12 and was more than even Mohamed Salah managed for the Reds although it’s expected the Egyptian will outscore him this term.
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch recently said Haaland is already world-class despite being just 21.
He told BT Sport: “He’s world-class already. His numbers just get better and better, and there are no signs of stopping.
“It looks like a tap-in but it is all about the movement beforehand. He has the pace and movement to get in behind.”
A front three of Sadio Mane, Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah would be unparalleled even by PSG’s trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi. They would offer the work rate and hunger that the Ligue 1 giants can’t match.
It’s unclear if Liverpool would be able to pay Haaland’s massive wage demands as they stall on a deal to extend Salah’s contract.