Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he is not interested in trying to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland because the price tag is too high.
The 21-year-old Norway international is likely to leave the German club at the end of the season, with nearly every top European team vying for his signature.
Haaland has a release clause of 75 million euros (around Rp1.17 trillion), but the demand for salaries and agent commissions is very high a barrier for interested clubs.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are reportedly interested in Haaland, who has scored 16 goals in 18 league games for Dortmund this season and provided five assists.
He also scored three goals in three Champions League games and four goals in two German Cup games despite being sidelined for several weeks through injury.
“We’re not going anywhere near (signing Haaland),” Klopp told Sport Bild magazine, quoted by Reuters on Wednesday. “The numbers that are out there are crazy. We have nothing to do with them. No chance.”
“It was something I honestly didn’t want. It wasn’t fun at all,” said the former Borussia Dortmund coach.
According to German media, the total cost to buy Haaland and sign him could exceed 300 million euros, which includes his salary, agent fees and bonuses related to competitions over several seasons.
Haaland has made a huge impact in his two-and-a-half years at Dortmund, having scored 27 league goals in 28 Bundesliga games last season and 13 in 15 after joining in January 2020.