May 12, 2021

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Everton added to list of suitors for ‘next Erling Haaland’


Everton have joined a long list of clubs, including Liverpool, reportedly keen to sign in-form Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic this summer.

Kalajdzic, 23, has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Die Roten, bagging 13 goals and three assists from 24 appearance. The Austrian international has started 14 Bundesliga games and it seems as though many scouts have taken note.

Interested parties include Juventus and Bundesliga, while Newcastle United have also been credited with an interest, according to TuttoJuve.com.

But earlier this week, ties to Liverpool seemed to increase when he revealed his love for all things Anfield.

“This club is simply special to me,” he said. “When I was a kid, I saw the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down against Milan to win. That gripped me.

“The last time I went to a Liverpool game with my brother, I really kitted myself out: I bought myself a scarf, jersey, cap and a mug.”

And, with Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat admitting the club will have to sell, he may be on his way.

“We will not be able to keep our top players forever,” he told Kicker (via Sport Witness). “We will even have to finance ourselves by selling players.

“Not because you are threatened with bankruptcy, but so that we can develop further. We have to raise funds, so that we can develop further.”

Kalajdzic finding his feet

It was certainly not overnight success for Kalajdzic. He cut his teeth in the third tier of Austrian football with Admira Wacker, having progressed from the club’s amateur side.

He moved to Stuttgart in the summer of 2019, penning a four-year deal at Mercedes-Benz Arena. The Vienna-born ace scored just once from six outings in 2019-2020 but is now starting to show his true colours.

Die Schwaben were promoted to the Bundesliga at the end of last season and Kalajdzic seems at home. The youngster has been labelled the ‘next Erling Haaland‘.

The Norwegian is scoring goals for fun at Borussia Dortmund and it a favourable comparison for Kalajdzic. Roma and West Ham United have also been linked with the man capped twice by Austria.

Everton fans will be pleased to see such an exciting talent on the Goodson Park club’s radar. He may well get his dream move to Merseyside – but will he be wearing red or blue?

 

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