Erling Haaland is on his way to the Premier League after Manchester City agreed to pay the £51million release clause in his contract with Borussia Dortmund. But how should Liverpool react? By bringing in Harry Kane.
That’s according to former Millwall, Marseille and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who, writing in his Times column, thinks the Reds should make a move for the England captain.
City saw a bid for Kane rejected last summer as they searched for a new centre-forward following the departure of Sergio Aguero. But they are unlikely to return this season after agreeing a deal for the prolific Haaland.
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Liverpool, however, could soon be on the lookout for new attacking options if one or more of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – all of whom are entering the final year of their contracts – leave the club.
And Cascarino said: “Liverpool find themselves in a great financial position after several successful years under Jurgen Klopp and I strongly believe they are on course to break their transfer record this summer. Klopp said the move from Erling Haaland at Manchester City will ‘set new levels’ and that suggests to me the Liverpool manager has a lot up his sleeve.
“Signing Harry Kane would be the perfect way for Liverpool to respond to City’s capture of Haaland. Tottenham Hotspur are expected to finish outside the Champions League places and if that happens Kane is unlikely to want to stay on for another year. The English talisman can’t move to City because of Haaland’s move, Manchester United aren’t an option as they’ll miss out on the Champions League and Chelsea already have Romelu Lukaku in. That leaves Liverpool as the only suitable destination for Kane – and he would be a perfect fit for Klopp’s team.”
Cascarino continued: “I couldn’t think of a more perfect centre-forward for Liverpool. goals.He also has the same humility as all of Liverpool’s best strikers, Klopp’s team DNA.Kane could beat Mohamed Salah and provide the kind of assists he has for Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski this season at Tottenham.
“Liverpool have thrived without an orthodox centre-forward in recent years, but Kane would take them to another level. He would elevate the club in the same way Ruud van Nistelrooy did when he joined United in 2001 and that seems to me to be a typical Sir Alex Ferguson Kane is at his peak – it’s time for Liverpool to rock the boat by breaking their transfer record to sign him.