Shock new rival emerges for Liverpool, Man Utd and City in Haaland race

Date published: Saturday 16th October 2021 1:20 - Dan Burnham

Erling Haaland celebrates scoring against Union Berlin for Borussia Dortmund, September 2021

A new contender in the race for Erling Haaland has emerged as Newcastle United are considering a move, according to a report.

The battle for the 21-year-old megastar is set to be the most hotly-contested transfer in history. Every team who can afford his £68m release clause, which becomes active next summer, are in the mix. And of course, that now means Newcastle have entered the fray.

The Magpies are the richest club in the world following their recent takeover backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

A net worth of around £320billion places them far above the rest as the wealthiest owners in football.

As such, the rumour mill has been sent into overdrive with links of who they can buy. And now Haaland has been mentioned.

As per AS, via Sport Witness, the Norway international’s name is ‘on the table’ at St James’ Park.

The Spanish newspaper claim ‘it is not out of the question’ that an approach from Tyneside will come for the Borussia Dortmund striker.

They do not comment on whether this will be an option that Haaland will consider.

The other Premier League sides currently in the race are Liverpool, Manchester United and their neighbours City, with Chelsea having splashed out on Romelu Lukaku instead.

City appear ahead of the rest at present. Their chiefs will reportedly meet with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola in January to discuss the signing.

Liverpool have been warned that if City get that deal done, they could be an unbeatable side in the coming seasons.

Other interest comes from Spain, France and Germany’s top dogs. Inter Milan sporting director Beppe Marotta ruled out the possibility of any Italian club signing Haaland.

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Haaland a Magpies pipe dream, says Carragher

Jamie Carragher has rubbished the idea of Haaland joining Newcastle in his column in The Telegraph.

He said: “The stars will only go to Newcastle when they see successes. No matter how much you spend in January, Newcastle will be away. It is a fantasy to expect Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland to join Newcastle.

“They will never leave the Champions League and all the potential goalscorer records that can be achieved there for a long-term project.

“Yes, there is money, but there are clubs already established in the elite that will pay that too.”

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