Manchester United aren’t short of strikers with Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial while Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are makeshift options, but Bild (h/t Sport Witness) say Erling Haaland remains a priority signing.
The 21-year-old has scored 70 goals and made 19 assists in 69 games for Borussia Dortmund since joining the Bundesliga club in January 2020, so it’s easy to see why so many clubs are interested. But Bild say Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola might stand in his client’s way of signing for United.
Raiola doesn’t have a positive relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after criticising the Red Devils manager for his treatment of Paul Pogba, so it remains to be seen whether he’d allow Haaland to go to Old Trafford. Raiola has made no secret of his desire to pull Pogba from United, so can the club really agree a deal with the agent for another one of his clients?
Haaland has a market value of £135m but could be available for €75m (£63.9m) in 2022, so United are expected to throw their hat in the ring next year. Raiola demanded €50m (£42.6m) wages and €40m (£34.1m) agent fees, however, so the entire package could set them back €165m (£140.6m).
Haaland, who boasts 12 goals in 15 games for the Norwegian national team, is the best young striker on the market, but there will be stiff competition for his signature. The 21-year-old is currently recovering from a hip flexor injury that has kept him out of four league games and two in the Champions League, but the rumour mill will be on overdrive when he returns to fitness.
Manchester City lead the race for Haaland and have the greater resources to land his signature, so it remains to be seen if United can snatch the striker under their nose. It does appear the Red Devils aren’t giving up without a fight, however, as Haaland is a generational talent with a bright future. The only worry is whether his agent will get in the way.