Recognition of the Reds ’manager could give Manchester City a boost to bring the Norwegian sensation to Eithad.
Jürgen Klopp has eliminated Liverpool from the race for Erling Haaland, who will be certified for Manchester City.
City are looking for a world-class midfielder this summer, and Manchester Evening News knows that Pep Guardiola is leading the race for Borussia Dortmund striker, who has been successful 23 times in 24 games this season. Haaland’s contract includes a £ 63 million release clause that can be activated at the end of the season if he indicates he wants to by the end of the month.
However, the real cost of delivering it to Etihad, including agency fees and wages, could exceed £ 300 million. Nevertheless, City Premier League rival Liverpool is distancing itself from the potential numbers surrounding the acquisition of Haaland.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Klopp said of the high numbers associated with Haaland: “We’re not going to go near him. The numbers mentioned there are crazy. We have nothing to do with them. There’s no chance. I don’t want to say that. It’s not fun at all.”
Liverpool will face City in the Premier League season-defining Sunday match. Guardiola saw the Reds reduce their team’s lead at the top of the table by a single point, and the Blues lose their advantage due to the defeat against Klopp.
One of the criticisms of the Catalan manager was that the city’s great, Sergio Aguero, failed to bring a peak after his departure. Nevertheless, his team is still at the top of the league, beating the very defensive Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first match of the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night in the Etihad.
The City appears to be well on its way to address the striker’s concerns, as Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently acknowledged that his club may not be able to persuade Haaland to stay beyond the summer. He said: “Right now we don’t know anything specific about the player’s side and no one has approached us. However, financially we can’t keep up when Manchester City gets in.”