Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano discussed Liverpool’s reported interest in Borussia Dortmund centre-forward, Erling Haaland.
Since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in what was an £18 million deal back in January of last year, Haaland has quickly established himself as one of the hottest prospects in European football, scoring an astonishing 43 goals in 43 games for the German club.
This season alone, the £99 million-rated 20-year-old has scored 17 goals and provided three assists over his 17 Bundesliga appearances, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.58, as well as bagging eight goals and one assist over his five Champions League fixtures, averaging an 8.45 WhoScored match rating.
Unsurprisingly, this form has led to reports of interest from a number of Europe’s leading clubs – with suggestions that Liverpool could be the Norway international’s destination – and, speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, Romano confirmed that Liverpool are one of the clubs who could afford a move for the 6ft 4 centre-forward.
He said: “We can mention the clubs. The four English clubs that Mino [Raiola] mentioned are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. I see many Liverpool fans saying, ‘We have no money, we just signed two centre-backs in the last five minutes from the transfer window, how you can say [that]?’ – Liverpool are involved.
“Mino Raiola [was] talking [about] clubs that could afford Haaland, but there is nothing advanced with Liverpool, just to be clear, there is nothing advanced with any club. That’s the situation, to be honest. I see many rumours – Liverpool, Chelsea, many clubs [in] advanced talks, [there is] nothing advanced yet. Mino will decide with the player in the coming months, not in February – it’s not his style.”
Should Liverpool make an offer for Haaland next summer?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Erling Haaland…
As such, it would appear that Liverpool could be in a financial position to sign Haaland this summer, however, according to Romano, there is nothing advanced between the player and the club as yet, or indeed any other club.
Although, considering the fact that Romano himself reported that Haaland has a €75 million (£64.7 million) release clause that will activate in the summer of 2022, it is not difficult to imagine the striker having a great many options to chose from, should he wish to leave Dortmund, next year.