Man Utd ‘have the funds for Erling Haaland’ – but still face stumbling block

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Manchester United will have no problem coughing up the money to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer – but their tense relationship with Mino Raiola could prove a stumbling block.

Haaland, 20, is one of the most sought-after players in European football right now, with a stunning return of 33 goals in 32 games for Dortmund alerting several top clubs across the continent.

The Norway centre-forward is said to be on United's radar ahead of the summer transfer window, although they are likely to face competition from the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Manchester City were also believed to be in the running, only for Pep Guardiola to insist they will not be spending big on a striker this summer.

Dortmund are understood to be demanding a staggering £150million for their star man, who still has over three years remaining on his current contract.

And according to The Athletic, a fee of that size would not be out of United's reach in the summer despite clubs throughout Europe feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Red Devils are one of the only clubs to have avoided a revenue hit amid the pandemic, as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has maintained focus on ensuring they still have multiple ways of producing capital.

Thus, there should be more than enough in the bank at Old Trafford to fund a potential mega-bid for Haaland when the transfer window reopens.

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  • Their only problem with going after the Dortmund sensation, however, is that he is currently represented by Raiola.

    United have previously endured a fractious relationship with the super-agent, who also stewards the career of Paul Pogba.

    Raiola has irritated Old Trafford chiefs on a number of occasions in recent years by publicly commenting on Pogba's future at the club.

    Back in December, Solskjaer responded to claims from Raiola that Pogba is unhappy at United and said: "As soon as Paul’s agent realises this is a team sport and we work together, the better."

    Nevertheless, United will have to deal with Raiola if they want to win what promises to be a hotly-contested race for Haaland in the next transfer window.

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