Big Reds message opens door for Chelsea to seal monster £154 million transfer deal
John Barnes says Liverpool do not “need to buy an Erling Haaland in the transfer window, handing Chelsea a boost
Haaland will be one of the most in-demand players after the European Championships have finished, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City just three clubs that are interested in a potential deal.
It has been claimed that he could cost £154 million, which only a handful of clubs can pay, and will demand a wage in excess of £300,000-a-week, which could make him one of the highest earners in world football.
But amid speculation suggesting that Liverpool could be looking to make a move, Reds legend Barnes has opened the door for the likes of Chelsea by claiming that the Reds do not need to buy Haaland this summer.
Speaking in association with BonusCodeBets, he told Goal on summer recruitment at Anfield: “I don’t see Liverpool making a marquee signing this summer, unless one of their marquee players goes.
“Having Virgil van Dijk back to fitness is like a new signing. Ibrahima Konate has come in to play alongside him, and Liverpool still have Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. Once Liverpool get their defenders and midfielders back, as long as they keep the nucleus of the team, they have what they need.
“With the Konate signing, Diogo Jota, who can play in the front three or midfield three, and players like Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaquiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still in the squad, unless Liverpool lose players, it’s difficult to determine what they need.
“There are teams, like Arsenal for instance, who need to bring players in to go straight into their team. Liverpool don’t need that. They don’t need to buy an Erling Haaland to come into the team, unless they lose one of the first XI.”