Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?
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Manchester United want Erling Haaland. That’s one of football’s worst-kept secrets, with the Red Devils linked with the Borussia Dortmund star just about every week. And it seems as though a deal for the 20-year-old could legitimately be on in the wake of new developments.
Manchester United want to sign Haaland, regardless of what happens with Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguay international has been tipped to join Boca Juniors in the summer transfer window, having struggled to settle in England following his arrival last year.
United known Mason Greenwood is too raw and inexperienced to lead the line on a weekly basis, even if he’s currently doing that.
And with Anthony Martial regressing, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his sights on a blockbuster centre-forward.
Speculation regarding Harry Kane has intensified in recent times, especially with the Tottenham star eyeing a new challenge.
But Haaland is very much their preferred target, with key figures at the club in agreement over his potential arrival at the end of the campaign.
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And, now, it looks as though United are in pole position to complete a deal.
It emerged on Tuesday that Borussia Dortmund were willing to accept a fee of £130million for their prized asset, providing they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
And that’s good for United because, in February, Sport claimed the Red Devils were willing to go that high to get the Norwegian in the door.
It was said at the time that United were ready to pay £130m ‘without problems’ such is their determination to bring the striker to Old Trafford.
And their cause has been boosted by the news that Barcelona and Real Madrid, currently, aren’t involved in the transfer race.
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Barcelona have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and will, therefore, focus on signing cheaper players instead.
Memphis Depay is in their sights, with the Lyon star poised to become a free agent at the end of the season.
And it’s a similar story with Eric Garcia and Georginio Wijnaldum, who appear set to depart both Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, would prefer to sign Kylian Mbappe – who is yet to pen a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.
And that bodes well for United when it comes to signing Haaland, with two European giants currently out of the running.
Manchester City were previously considered frontrunners but Pep Guardiola has insisted they’re not in for Haaland, despite reports to the contrary.
And though Chelsea have been linked, it seems unlikely the 20-year-old will rock up at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former United star Paul Scholes endorsed the potential signing of Haaland.
“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said on the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel .
“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine? Are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.
“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.
“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.
“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.
“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.
“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.
“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”
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