Liverpool OUT of Erling Haaland transfer race as Jurgen Klopp bemoans ‘crazy figures’ in huge boost to rivals Man City
6th April 2022

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move for Erling Haaland this summer.

Haaland, 21, has been heavily linked with an exit from Borussia Dortmund amid interest from the Premier League and La Liga.

But Liverpool will not be part of the race to sign him due to the expense involved in securing the striker's signature.

Haaland is available for just £63million this summer due to a clause in his contract but additional fees put him out of Liverpool's price range.

Klopp told Sport Bild: "We will not be going near there.

"The figures being mentioned out there are crazy. We have nothing to do with them. No chance.

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"That's something I honestly don't want. That's no fun at all."

As well as Haaland's transfer fee the Reds will also have to cover the cost of his £47m agent fee paid to Mino Raiola, £25m in commission to father Alfe Inge, not to mention his signing on fee.

They also have to consider a rumoured salary between £20-25m a year and performance-related bonuses, with the entire package reportedly costing more than £250m.

That means only a select few clubs will be able to afford Haaland with Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid amongst the frontrunners.

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Former City star Shaun Goater believes Haaland will join the Citizens due to the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola.

He said: "My mate, Alf-Inge, doesn't need telling anything.

“He knows what he has to do this summer, and that's get his son over here.

“I would've thought that if Erling Haaland had the choice of any club in the world, he would come to Manchester City.

“If there was nothing to split teams financially, I think he'd choose City, not only because of the link with his dad, but moreso the potential to work under Pep Guardiola.

“That opportunity should be number one on any striker's list; if you're a centre-forward, you'd want to play for Pep.

“You've seen his record, and what he's done at other clubs, how his teams play.”

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