RB Leipzig officials have said that ‘it’s not easy’ for them to secure a deal for Erling Braut Haaland, suggesting that the financial demands of the deal could limit their ability to compete.
The Bundesliga outfit is one of a number of top European clubs who are known to be interested in the striker following his sensational goalscoring exploits, the Norwegian plundering 28 goals in 22 appearances so far this season, including eight in RB Salzburg’s six Champions League group games.
Haaland was said to have travelled to Manchester to hold talks with Man Utd last week, the striker having already held similar discussions with Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since denied the claims surrounding his apparent trip to England.
However, RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has suggested his side may be unable to compete with the financial muscle of some of Haaland’s other suitors, despite Salzburg being the Bundesliga sides sister club.
“Yes, we met with him. We are interested in the player, great interest,” he told Sport1. “He listened to it, logically, and is very open to a move. He would like to change (clubs) in summer at the latest.
“It is not easy. There’s Manchester United, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund. There are a few other clubs as well.
“Of course, our club also has certain guard rails and limits. And I have named the clubs that compete, and there may be salary regions that we don’t want to go into. (The fee) is still manageable, but the package does not only consist of the transfer fee.
“It’s the same cliche again: we can buy everything and we can get everything and we can do everything. Unfortunately, we can’t, otherwise Haaland would already be with us.”