Yep, it's another Erling Haaland rumour.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have tasked his most trusted scout with tracking the Red Bull Salzburg striker - the teenage sensation who has scored an incredible 26 goals in all competition so far season, including five hat-tricks.

Top scorer in the Champions League ahead of players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Haaland has commanded interest all over Europe as a result of his goal feats this season.

Erling Braut Haaland

90min revealed earlier this season that 15 clubs from the Premier League alone were watching when he scored a Champions League treble against Genk in September.

90min also told you last month that Haaland is one of three promising Norwegian talents all aged 21 or younger that United are keeping an eye on this season.

Europe’s biggest clubs have also been linked, although Barcelona are said to be ready to end their interest unless an estimated €100m (£85.6m) price tag is significantly lowered.

United, who have already been labelled favourites to land Haaland by Norwegian publication Daglabladet, have particular reason to want the player as part of the ongoing rebuild at Old Trafford. Solskjaer also has existing ties after managing the 19-year-old at former club Molde.

According to The Athletic, Solskjaer has asked Simon Wells, a man known at Old Trafford as the manager’s ‘personal scout’, to specifically keep an eye on Haaland and report back.

Solskjaer and Wells initially hit it off when the latter was United’s Scandinavia scout. The Athletic notes that Solskjaer has since promoted him to a ‘senior’ position in the recruitment structure.

The report adds that Wells’ role differs from other United scouts as he is often given specific ‘missions’ by the boss, as opposed to the more general scouting remit that sees most of the others feed into a ‘centralised structure’.

Aside from interest in Haaland, the rumours about a deal for Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic persist. The latest gossip is that the Croatian, who would be a short-term stop-gap, could start training with United as early as December if a January transfer is prearranged.

There is one rumour that Haaland could initially snub a big money move next summer in favour of joining RB Leipzig instead. It would mean delaying his ascent to the elite level, but offers a smaller and potentially more manageable step for a player still so young.

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