Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs who are ‘intent on’ signing 18-year-old Andreas Schjelderup, who has been dubbed as ‘the new Haaland’.
I mean, it was never going to take long before someone was referred to as ‘the new Haaland’, was it?
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Rival clubs in England will be cursing that damned points system that made Erling Haaland choose Man City.
But Liverpool and Arsenal are already looking for someone who could replicate Haaland’s average start to life as a Premier League player.
Schjelderup is someone who they feel could be up to that mantle, according to CalcioMercatoWeb.
To be fair, the teenager has made a very promising start as a professional footballer. Nordsjaelland signed him in 2020 and he made his league debut for them when he was just 16.
The striker has been a regular for the Danish side over the past few seasons. He has already featured 49 times for them in the senior ranks.
Schjelderup has been capped at U21 level for Denmark but more importantly, he has found his goalscoring touch. So far this term, he has five goals in ten outings in the Danish Superliga.
CalcioMercatoWeb are reporting that ‘many clubs seem intent on coming forward’ in the next couple of months.
Liverpool and Arsenal are ‘thinking about’ signing him, while Juventus and Inter Milan are also in the running.
The report calls Schjelderup ‘the new Haaland’ and he is also referred to as a ‘jewel’, so that’s encouraging.
The player’s contract is due to expire in 2024 so clubs will be able to get themselves a bit of a bargain if he does not extend his deal before moving on.
Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be interested in Schjelderup. ‘There is a queue for him’ and it is stated that ‘in June he can make the leap into a great European team’.
Liverpool signing a striker of Schjelderup’s ilk would be a good idea as most of their funds next summer is likely going on a new midfielder.
The Reds are in the running to sign Jude Bellingham, but Real Madrid are also very keen on the signing.
The English club will inevitably be linked with alternatives in the coming months and Real Betis star Guido Rodriquez is already one of them.
Liverpool fans should not get too excited though because Fabrizio Romano thinks this is “more speculation”:
“Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez is the latest midfielder being linked with Liverpool,” Romano wrote for Caught Offside.
“As I’ve said before, I think we can expect a lot of speculation of this kind, but my understanding is that this story is simply more speculation.
“At the moment, I have no concrete confirmations on any talk between Liverpool and Guido Rodriguez – I think he’s very good player but they need a top, top player in the midfielder to bring in new energy and quality.
“As I wrote last week, it’s common knowledge that Liverpool want a top midfield signing in 2023, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to know for sure who they’ll bring in.”