Erling Haaland’s ‘time in England will come’ says pundit
Manchester United missing out on Erling Braut Haaland may just be one of their biggest transfer mistakes in recent times as the striker has continued his rich vein of form since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland is challenging Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski for the golden boot, while also attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
It is thought United are still keeping tabs on the 20-year-old and may consider a swoop next summer.
However, Sky Sports Italia Chelsea are looking to beat their Premier League rivals to the young attacker’s signature, despite investing over £200million this summer.
If both clubs submit similar bids then the decision of where to move will be down to the player.
And judging by Haaland’s recent comments about Frank Lampard, in which he agreed with Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech, it could be the Blues who hold the advantage.
During a Q&A with ESPN, Haaland was asked who the one player he’d want to have played with that’s retired and replied: “Frank Lampard.”
Ziyech, who made the move from Ajax to Stamford Bridge this summer, had also previously given the same answer.
“In his time he was such a big player and he was a midfielder so I can learn a lot from him,” he said. “In that regard, I have a lot to learn.
“I had a good feeling after our talks and that feeling only became stronger. There was no doubt in my mind.”
Meanwhile, former Germany international Lothar Matthaus thinks Haaland is ready to make the step up to a Premier League club.
The former World Cup winner said: “This positivity that he radiates, radiates on the team which is why I think that someday, Haaland will not be playing at Dortmund anymore and will make the next step.
“He is already ready and we are proud to have him in the Bundesliga.
“Dortmund need to be pleased to have gotten him because he is a striker that fits to a club with such emotions.
“At the age of 20, he is a machine. He is a flying striker.
“He brings a positive energy in the team while also scoring goals. He is irreplaceable.
“Erling Haaland is regarded at Dortmund like Robert Lewandowski is at Bayern: the player up front who is not only responsible for the goals but in charge of dragging the team with him. He is a leader at the age of 20.”
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