Juventus had chance to sign Haaland for £1.7million but now "there’s no chance"

The former CEO of Juventus has admitted he had the chance of signing global superstar Erling Haaland for a minuscule sum.

Giuseppe Marotta moved to Juventus as an executive in 2010 before leaving in 2018 to Serie A rivals Inter.

And during his time in Turin, when Haaland was plying his trade in Norway, the 64-year-old admitted he could have landed the now-Borussia Dortmund striker for about £1.7m.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted his as saying: "One of my biggest regrets was the Haaland deal. I was Juventus CEO and we had the chance to sign him for €2m from Molde… it was close.

"Now it’s impossible to see Haaland in Serie A – there’s no chance for Italian clubs to sign him next summer”.

Haaland is fast becoming one of the best players in the world, having scored 67 goals in 68 games for his club. At just 21 years old, the striker broke out in the 2019–20 season, where he netted 16 times in 18 outings.

As such, there has been much speculation about his future, with rumours surfacing last summer that he was under the radar of Chelsea and Man City.

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But it’s Manchester United where most interest lies – owing to the manager and the player formerly operating together in Norway.

Haaland has spoken highly of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, saying to ESPN: “Yeah, when I came to Molde as a 16-year-old boy, he taught me a lot of things from day one, as you said, he was my coach then and he taught me a lot of things.

“He was a striker, I’m a striker and he has won the Champions League and that’s also a dream for me, so he’s been teaching me a lot of finishing skills and small movements in the box and this kind of things.”

Meanwhile, in December 2018, Marotta officially joined Inter as CEO for sport, and has part of the set-up that helped win Serie A last season.

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