Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?
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Manchester United reportedly fear a lengthy, difficult Erling Haaland transfer pursuit this summer. And that’s because memories of their unsuccessful Jadon Sancho chase last summer still linger in the memory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the Borussia Dortmund pair and would love to bring them to Old Trafford.
Manchester United want a new striker.
Though Edinson Cavani was exceptional in Sunday’s victory over Tottenham, scoring the club’s second goal in a 3-1 win, the Red Devils may lose the Uruguayan at the end of the campaign.
United have seen Anthony Martial misfire this term, with the France international netting just four times in the Premier League.
And Solskjaer, consequently, is eager to bring Haaland to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens this summer.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been in devastating form this campaign, scoring 31 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.
But while United want Haaland, there’s now been a twist in the saga.
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The Athletic say the Red Devils are worried about a lengthy pursuit of the Norway international this summer, having struggled to sign Sancho from Dortmund last year.
The club spent ten long weeks trying to land the England international, who was Solskjaer’s priority target at the time.
But Dortmund’s flat refusal to negotiate on their £108million asking price meant they ultimately missed out.
Now, United fear wasting similar time with Haaland – who is also on the radars of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
They will exit the race quickly if the finances involved are deemed as too high so that other centre-forward options can be hunted down.
No names are mentioned.
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But United have been linked with Harry Kane as an alternative, while AC Milan striker Andre Silva could be another target on their radar.
United don’t want to shatter their pay structure for Haaland because of his age, with David De Gea currently their top earner on £375,000-a-week.
And that’s the same case with City, who recently reaffirmed Kevin De Bruyne’s status as their best-paid player.
Regarding Sancho, United still have interest in the 21-year-old – who has scored six goals and registered nine assists in the Bundesliga this term.
But they won’t land him if Dortmund demand the same big money as a year ago.
Meanwhile, Karen Brady thinks only the wealthiest clubs on the planet can sign Haaland – and thinks United are consequently in with a genuine shot of striking a deal.
She wrote in her column for The Sun: “The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150million — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs.
“The two envoys have so far talked to hard-up Barcelona and Real Madrid and include the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea among their targets.
“Erling may have liked to join Leeds, where he was born and where his father played for three years, but I don’t think they are in the running.
“And, make no mistake about it, money is the critical factor.
“Daddy Haaland and his Italian mate are looking for, it is reported, £25m each in agent fees.
“Should this or the transfer fee prove beyond the reach of clubs, then Erling will remain at Borussia Dortmund for a season more.
“Dortmund spotted a big earner by astute operation in the teen market.”
She then added: “Alf Haaland spent ten years here. He’s best known for his feud with Roy Keane, not an unusual state of affairs with the Irishman.
“Haaland put him out of football for a year during a Leeds-Man United match and, being Keane, he set about his revenge when they met next in a City-United derby.
“Keane was fined £150,000 and banned for eight matches for later admitting his red-card tackle was a deliberate act.
“Haaland was forced to retire and later said: ‘I really dislike United and I can’t stand their players’.
“Not exactly perfect grounds to start a negotiation — yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed Molde when Erling played there and dad may wish to change his mind.”
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