Erling Haaland does not want to come to England until later on in his career, according to The Independent.

They report that Real Madrid are the Borussia Dortmund striker’s preferred next destination.

Dortmund have endured a tough season in the league and face Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16.

Liverpool and Manchester City have both been credited with an interest in the frontman by Eurosport.

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The pandemic looks to have had a major impact on Liverpool’s finances and that might put Haaland out of reach for the summer.

City’s interest has been reported more currently and their need for a frontman is arguably more acute.

 

They should have the financial clout to withstand the pandemic and reinvest in their frontline again.

But Haaland is apparently aware of the way that young strikers who played a lot of Premier League football early have seen their careers burn out.

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They include Reds icons Fernando Torres and Michael Owen, who both suffered hamstring problems which dulled their pace considerably.

It remains to be seen if Madrid have the funds to land Haaland in the summer, given their own financial situation.

The Independent report that Haaland will cost in excess of £100 million if he is to be signed before a 75 million euro (£65 million) release clause becomes active in the summer of 2022.

And if Madrid can get their finances in order, they’re Haaland’s preferred destination at present.

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