With the January window now open, transfer speculation is ramping up across Europe, with many Liverpoolfans anxious for news of potential new signings. Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is one of the most in demand properties in world football, with a rumoured release clause somewhere in the region of €100 million.
Former Reds right back Glen Johnson believes the Merseyside club could be a potential destination for the goal-hungry Norwegian, although LFC’s transfer committee would have to beat some stiff competition from the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid in the race for his signing.
On the latest episode of our Journo Insight Show, we asked Goal’s Neil Jones on the chances of seeing Haaland a red shirt the future.
“You look at Haaland’s career path, it has been a pretty good one for a young player. He has done it step by step, gone to Salzburg, gone to Dortmund and looks like he’s going to go on to somewhere else. I think Liverpool are an attractive club or team to play for, a manager to play for, a ground to play in, a league to play in. The big elephant in the room is can they match salary, transfer fee, agents fee, all those things? I think they probably could [match] two of them. I think they are willing to pay agents good money, I think they are willing to pay good wages for top players. I think the next question would be are they going to commit £150-200 million for a player? They never have before.”
Signing Erling Haaland is as near to a ‘dead cert’ as possible in terms of guaranteeing goals and competing for top honours. Despite elevating themselves to one of the top 8 clubs in Europe during FSG’s time in charge, Liverpool’s transfer strategy has been to sign players below world class level and develop them into the best in the world.
The club did shell out world record fees for both a defender and a goalkeeper, but if Haaland does not have a sub-£100 million release clause, they are likely to be priced out by the likes of Manchester City and PSG.
However, if the release clause is in place, and if Liverpool are willing to pay big agent fees and a huge salary too, then Haaland could very well be a realistic target and that is something that will, understandably, excite plenty of Liverpool supporters.