Football: Liverpool don’t like Haaland because his price is ‘crazy’, says Klopp
(REUTERS) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Wednesday (April 6) that he was not interested in trying to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland because the player’s price tag is exorbitant.
The 21-year-old Norway international is set to leave the German club at the end of the season with nearly every top European side interested in signing him, and a €75m (S$111m) release clause attached to any move.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are reportedly interested in Haaland, who has scored 16 goals in 18 league appearances for Dortmund this season and provided five assists.
He also scored three goals in three Champions League games and four in two German Cup games despite being out for several weeks with injury.
“We won’t go near there,” Klopp told Sport Bild magazine. “The numbers mentioned there are crazy. We have nothing to do with them. No chance.
“Honestly, that’s something I don’t want. It’s not fun at all,” he said.
According to German media, the total cost of buying Haaland in a multi-year deal could exceed 300 million euros, including his salary, agent fees and competitive bonuses over multiple seasons.
Haaland has had a huge impact in two and a half years at Dortmund, having scored 27 league goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances last season and 13 in 15 games after joining in January 2020.