Haaland to Liverpool: FSG stance revealed after Salah talks update today - Sources
Jurgen Klopp would love Liverpool to win the race to sign Erling Haaland next year but it is not expected to happen, Football Insider understands.
The Merseysiders are expected to be in the market for a forward capable of leading the front line but they are outsiders in the battle for the Borussia Dortmund goal machine.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the club are big admirers of Haaland and Klopp is believed to be chief among them.
But owners Fenway Sports Group believe they do not have the financial resources to make the deal happen.
Haaland will be available for £68million next summer due to a release clause in his Dortmund contract.
That is far from a huge sum for one of the world’s most sought-after players and is less than Liverpool’s club-record transfer fee.
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However, the competition for Haaland’s signature among the world’s elite is so intense that he will be able to command a mammoth salary that would shatter Liverpool’s wage structure.
FSG are already struggling to meet the demands of star man Mohamed Salah, who is negotiating an extension to a contract that expires in the summer of 2023.
The prospect of agreeing mega deals with Salah and Haaland in the same year is an unlikely one for the club’s American owners.
Football Insider has been told that Man City are currently the most likely of the English big guns to prise Haaland from Germany.
City are in the market for a blue-chip striker and have paved the way with the £55million sale of Ferran Torres to Barcelona.
Haaland is on the target list of all the elite clubs in the world following another goal-drenched campaign in Germany.
He has 19 goals and five assists from just 16 matches this season, in which he has missed nine Bundesliga and Champions League games due to injury.