Manchester United ‘settle on Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland as their No 1 striker priority’… as new-look transfer team of John Murtough and Darren Fletcher ‘receive little encouragement’ over potential summer swoop for Harry Kane
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and new football director, John Murtough, have agreed to prioritise the signing of the in-demand Borussia Dortmund striker when the transfer window reopens.
It is claimed that Haaland, who has scored 37 goals in just 35 games for Dortmund and Norway this season, is seen as the ‘ideal’ replacement for Romelu Lukaku despite interest from a host of European giants.
Manchester United have reportedly decided that Erling Haaland is the striker they want to sign
United attempted to sign the 20-year-old from Red Bull Salzburg in January of last year, but missed out following disagreements with his agent, Mino Raiola.
However, the MEN report that United are confident that Solskjaer’s relationship with Haaland will help smooth over any lasting issues with Raiola, who has made no secret of his desire to find a new club for another of his clients, Paul Pogba.
Solskjaer worked with Haaland at Norwegian club Molde and revealed last month that he still speaks to the forward regularly.
Harry Kane has also been considered by United as they search for a prolific striker, but the club are said to have received ‘little encouragement’ over a deal.
Sportsmail recently revealed that the Tottenham captain could be sold this summer, but only for a fee of £150million. That is out of United’s budget.
Haaland has a release clause of £90m in his Dortmund contract, although that can only be activated if the amount is made in one payment.
Last week, Sportsmail revealed that United’s local rivals, Manchester City, are leading the chase for Haaland, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also keen.
The former Salzburg star is said to be looking for a contract worth £350,000 a week should he leave Dortmund this summer.
United thought they had a deal tied up for Haaland in January of last year after Solskjaer flew to Austria for talks with his fellow Norwegian, but the striker made a £19.5m move to Germany instead.