Liverpool held negotiations with 19-year-old promising centre-forward

Merseyside club target Erling Haaland is one of the most wanted strikers in world football. Norway international’s prolific form has attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs. Now seemingly destined to lose Erling, the Austrian club have named their price. RB Salzburg are looking for a fee in the region of £86m.

Haaland has been in great form this campaign, scoring 23 goals in just 17 matches. Erling’s exploits in the Champions League have been particularly impressive. His seven goals in only four games are two more than any other footballer in history.

The 19-year-old centre-forward is just the fourth footballer in Champions League history to score in each of his first four games, joining Ze Carlos, Alessandro Del Piero and Diego Costa in achieving the feat.

Italian site Calciomercato revealed reds interest in Norwegian striker. However, Liverpool will face a fight to acquire his services, with the Guardian reporting as many as 20 clubs are currently tracking the centre-forward.

By setting such an astronomical price tag, the Austrian champions are likely to have whittled down the interested sides somewhat. Merseyside club should be in the market for a centre-forward, especially one as talented as Erling. Liverpool front three is one of the world’s best but has no clear recognised centre-forward.

Roberto Firmino is the man who occupies the place but what he offer’s the team is not what you would expect from a traditional attacker. His ability to link play is second to none, but he could potentially drop back from the front and be only as valid. Maybe even more so with a goal-scorer such as Haaland in front of him.