'I know the owner very well' - Claim made over potential Erling Haaland Liverpool transfer

Former Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he doesn’t expect Erling Haaland to join Liverpool in the future.

Haaland has developed into one of European football’s premier goalscorers in recent years and has been linked with a number of the biggest clubs on the planet.

Last season he scored 27 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund and this term he has already registered five in four outings in the German top flight.

Given he’s only 21 years old, it’s anticipated that Haaland could yet develop further. As a result, the forward will surely be courted by a number of clubs should BVB decide to cash in on their prize asset.

Liverpool have been tentatively linked with a move for the Norway international in the past. However, Rummenigge has said he doubts the Reds would part with the kind of money needed to prise Haaland away from the Westfalenstadion.

The former Bayern chairman mentioned Liverpool when asked about the Munich giants possibly making a move for Haaland, per Bild (h/t Sport Witness ).

“With Lewandowski you have the best centre forward in the world,” he said. “Haaland is the second best.”

“I think Bayern are interested in Robert staying beyond the end of contract in 2023. Haaland is an investment. I don’t think he’s going to Liverpool. I know the owner very well and he is not known for opening the (money) box.”

Liverpool boast some of the finest attacking players in European football, with Diogo Jota ‘s arrival last summer adding high-quality support to the iconic trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Haaland would potentially be an ideal acquisition with the next generation in mind, albeit his style of forward play would be a major contrast to the manner in which Firmino leads the line.

Liverpool would surely have to break their transfer record – £75 million on Virgil van Dijk – if they were to sign Haaland.

Given the club’s relative inactivity in the summer window compared to their title rivals, Rummenigge may be right to be sceptical of the Reds’ willingness to meet Dortmund’s inevitably astronomical valuation for the young forward.

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