Liverpool owners, FSG, are reportedly unlikely to be in the market to sign Erling Haaland for a world-record figure this summer.
Kieran Maguire, a football finance expert, believes the total cost of signing Haaland on a five-year deal could be around £400m.
The Reds may well be in the race to sign the Norwegian superstar due to their position as one of the best clubs in England.
But Maguire doesn't think Liverpool's owners will even consider spending that kind of cash as they're not as interested in winning trophies as their rivals.
“Can Chelsea physically afford him? The answer is yes,” Maguire told The Athletic.
“There’s always the spectre of financial fair play to take into consideration but we don’t know where that’s headed.
“We know (owner Roman) Abramovich has the money should he choose to sanction it.
“Chelsea and Manchester City are two clubs that could afford him in theory. Manchester United as well.
“Tottenham theoretically could but they won’t, of course. Their wage bill is substantially behind its peers.
“Liverpool would find it more challenging because (owners) FSG are more interested in bottom lines than trophies.
“Arsenal are trailing behind those now. Realistically, there are not too many options for Haaland in the Premier League.”
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