Man Utd Still Eyeing Move for Dortmund's Erling Haaland

Oct 26, 2020, 9:30 AM GMT
Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is still on Man Utd's radar | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the near future, as well as team-mate Jadon Sancho.

United made a real push to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January but refused to insert a release clause in his contract - and instead allowed him to join Dortmund, where he has netted a ludicrous 23 goals in just 26 games.

Erling Haaland
Haaland has been outstanding in Germany | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Dortmund did agree to the release clause, which stands at close to £68m and will become active in 2022, but The Athletic state that United would be prepared to pay more than that to sign him sooner if Haaland indicates a willingness to join.

However, waiting until 2022 is not ruled out. Edinson Cavani has signed a one-year contract with the option for a further year, and the idea of keeping him around has been suggested after he impressed club officials during his first few weeks at the club.

Solskjaer remains determined to work with Haaland once more and is said to have retained a good relationship with his former Molde protégé, despite the breakdown in talks over a January move to Old Trafford.

It's suggested that United will wait until 2022 for Haaland and instead focus their efforts on landing Sancho, the target who dominated their summer transfer window but never came remotely close to making the move.

Talks with Dortmund are already a little awkward. The German side pipped United to Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham in the summer and then refused to budge on their stance over Sancho, so United would add another bruise to their ego by returning to the table next summer.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer seemingly has his heart set on linking up with both Haaland and Sancho at some point down the line, but the concern is that he's not the only manager with those plans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer is still close with Haaland | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Real Madrid are understood to be readying their own blockbuster move for Haaland, while Sancho is likely to attract interest from a whole host of European giants if he hits the market next summer.

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