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Klopp: ‘Haaland will help Man City reach a new level’

Coach Jurgen Klopp highly appreciated the Man City deal to recruit striker Erling Haaland from Dortmund.

“Recruiting Haaland certainly does not weaken Man City. This case will help Man City reach a new level”, Klopp talk to Sky Sports on May 9, when asked about rumors that Man City completed the recruitment of Haaland from Dortmund.

Klopp believes that the competition between Liverpool and Man City will increase with Haaland's presence.  Photo: Sky Sports

Klopp believes that the competition between Liverpool and Man City will increase with Haaland’s presence. Image: Sky Sports

The German coach believes that Man City’s strengthening Haaland does not affect the long-term plan that he and Liverpool are pursuing. “The two teams will grow together. Liverpool have many opportunities, many ways to win glory, and we just need to find the right way,” added Klopp.

On May 9, transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano announced that Man City accepted to pay $ 82 million to activate Haaland’s contract release clause with Dortmund. Even the 21-year-old striker completed a medical examination at Erasme Hospital in Belgium.

Romano emphasized that Haaland will not break the salary structure at Man City, when not receiving more income Kevin de Bruyne – the highest earner in the team with 460,000 USD per week. Haaland wants an official announcement this week, to say goodbye to the Dortmund fans in the best way.

Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund after moving from RB Salzburg in January 2020, and is considered a piece to help coach Pep Guardiola complete the squad. Man City does not have a true striker this season, when it failed to recruit Harry Kane from Tottenham in the summer of 2021.

Previously, in the January 2022 transfer window, Man City bought Julian Alvarez from River Plate. The 22-year-old Argentine striker will join Haaland at Eithad from July, after staying for the rest of the season for River Plate on loan.

Also on May 9, coach Xavi admitted Barca could not compete to recruit Haaland with Man City because of financial potential. The Spanish coach said: “But I cannot say the deal is only about money. That is disrespectful to the project of another club. Barca is not the only club that has built a good development plan. Man City has won many titles and is playing at the highest level.”

Barca is carrying a debt of up to 1.5 billion USD – a consequence from the time of former president Josep Bartomeu. To have money to operate, new president Joan Laporta sold 10% of La Liga television rights for 50 years to get $ 330 million from CVC Investment Fund, and borrowed $ 660 million to pay in 10 years and $ 1.7 billion. paid over 35 years from the American bank Goldman Sachs. Laporta himself admitted that the Camp Nou owner could not risk spending money to recruit Haaland in March.

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