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Liverpool tried to sign “frightening” striker this summer but were told he would cost £300m

According to a report, Liverpool pulled out of a £300million deal to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund earlier this year.

The prolific goalscorer already has 26 goal contributions in 17 appearances this season and he’s missed two matches through injury.

Last month, the Daily Mail reported that Haaland is earning almost £900,000 per week at Man City when you factor in his base salary and bonuses.

The Premier League champions paid a transfer fee of £51million to Dortmund after triggering his release clause, while also paying signing-on and agent fees to capture the Norwegian.

Haaland’s astonishing contract broken down
Football Insider reported that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group were interested in signing Haaland back in the spring, but baulked at the transfer after being told it could cost them as much as £300million.

That same report worked out the total cost of Haaland’s massive five-year contract.

He earns a base salary of £375,000 per week, his “easily-achievable” bonuses take that to £850,000 a week which is worth £44.2million per year and then when you factor in the length of the contract, which is five years, that totals a whopping £272million.

Is the Norwegian striker worth it?
The City forward was recently described as “frightening” by England’s former No.1 Paul Robinson and the scariest thought of all? He is about to be gifted 43 days of rest as Norway failed to qualify for the World Cup.

A fresh, well-rested and raring to go Haaland could indeed be incredibly scary for the rest of the league.

When he comes back from the break he could well go on to become the top scorer in a season in English top-flight history.

Dixie Dean currently holds the record with 60 goals in 39 First Division games for Everton way back in 1927-28. Haaland would need to score two goals per game for the rest of the season to manage that.

Raheem Sterling drops huge Chelsea team news hint ahead of Manchester City EFL Cup reunion

Chelsea are set for a tough tie in the EFL Cup third round on Wednesday night, facing Premier League champions Manchester City

 

Chelsea star Raheem Sterling may have dropped a hint that he will be involved in the Blues’ clash against Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. The match will be the first time the England international has faced off against his former side, having left them for a switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Sterling hasn’t quite hit the ground running yet, being played in several positions that he hasn’t usually played through his career. The latest switch for the 27-year-old has been at wing-back, where new boss Graham Potter has looked to get the most out of him on the flanks.

“He’s at a prime age, he’s got all the quality you see every day in training and the desire is there,” Potter said of the forward amid a tough run of form. “He wants to help the team. He’s suffering with the team, just like the rest of us are. We all want to do better and all want to improve our performance, and we want to improve how the team functions.

“That’s where the work is. It’s not about zooming into individuals, I don’t think that’s fair to anybody. I don’t think we have functioned well enough as a team, so the criticism is towards me, towards the collective, towards us all, in terms of can we do better as a team to create more chances, not just for him, but for everybody?”

The side will be hoping they can go one further than last season’s EFL Cup run, where the Blues managed to reach the final but lost to Liverpool on penalties. However, beating Pep Guardiola’s men is the first obstacle on that run, arguably one of the toughest challenges they could face.

 

The clash will require Sterling to be on form against his side, having dropped a hint of his inclusion in the team on Instagram with a pre-match hype graphic. While these don’t always indicate a player starting the match, it could likely see him involved in some capacity.

For Potter, the match could be somewhat season defining as a cup run can bring them joy that perhaps the league may not this time around.

Source: www.sportbible.com; www.football.london

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