Liverpool have been tipped to sign Erling Haaland, according to a key figure at the prolific striker’s former club.
Haaland, 20, burst on to the scene with RB Salzburg and blasted 28 goals in 22 games for the Austrian side.
That alerted just about every top club in Europe with Manchester United and Liverpool interested in the son of Alf-Inge Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund though got the transfer done in January. The Bundesliga side paid Haaland’s release clause of €22.5m, while also handing the striker’s advisor, Mino Raiola a €10m payment.
Dortmund immediately slapped a release clause in his four-and-a-half-year deal. And, according to the German publication Sport Bild, Haaland’s agent negotiated a €75m buy-out fee. That only came into force after this summer’s transfer window.
Haaland has five Bundesliga goals in five appearances this season and has managed 24 goals in 27 appearances for the German giants.
United are still believed to be tracking Haaland, despite failing to agree a deal with the player in January.
But RB Salzburg’s sporting director Cristoph Freund says Liverpool is now his most likely destination.
German legend Lothar Matthaus was talking about Liverpool and Haaland’s future.
Freund replied: “He will land there.”
Speaking to podcast Sky90, he added: “He can play for any club in the world.
“With his mentality, his will and self confidence, he will be able to make a mark on European football in the next ten years.”
“So I joined Dortmund in winter with a lot of conviction.
“They are one of the best teams in the world. I have signed a long contract and I have practically just arrived. So now I don’t think about leaving at all.”
Haaland’s comments seemed to affirm reports from May that he had given his word to Dortmund about staying until at least 2022.