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Erling Haaland’s comments on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as ‘dream’ transfer scenario revealed

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Erling Haaland’s ‘dream’ scenario is to join Real Madrid as the player looks to leave Borussia Dortmund imminently.

The Norwegian striker is a man in demand as his meteoric rise continues with the Germans.

Manchester United, Man City, and Paris Saint-Germain are just a few of a number of clubs circling the talisman as teams can activate a clause in his contract next summer that means he is available for a reported fee between £65million and £90m.

Dortmund realise the speculated price is significantly lower than his value and it’s claimed they have offered Haaland fresh terms, with double his salary, in an attempt to keep him for one more season.

But the player’s agent Mino Raiola has knocked back their offer as he made it clear that his client is looking to leave the club the first chance he gets, according to AS.

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Dortmund opted not to sell their prized asset in the previous window, but that has worked out in Haaland’s favour as his ‘dream landing spot – Madrid – has now opened up.

The Spanish side focused all their efforts towards signing Kylian Mbappe in the summer, but they had two bids rejected for the PSG star.

Madrid will still attempt to sign the French star on a pre-contract in January, but it means those funds can now be used for Haaland.

Man Utd were believed to be one of the favourites to win the race for the striker given his prior relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.

And Haaland has spoken highly of the Old Trafford boss in the past and revealed he helped him refine his finishing in front of goal.

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He told ESPN “Yeah, when I came to Molde as a 16-year-old boy, he taught me a lot of things from day one, as you said, he was my coach then and he taught me a lot of things.

“He was a striker, I’m a striker and he has won the Champions League and that’s also a dream for me, so he’s been teaching me a lot of finishing skills and small movements in the box and these kind of things.”

“I forgot to tell you this, but before that game [against Viking in 2018), Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing,” Haaland told Eurosport in April 2020. “Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules.

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“The first one was on touch. That I don’t use too much power and try to destroy the goal or the goalie with the ball. I think that I was thinking about doing that and it was something new that he told me. I trained a bit on that, but without scoring. But at least I had it in my head after that training session.

“That was something he taught me in the days before that game and he has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situations where the ball is coming.

“It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that.”

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

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The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

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Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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Report: Arsenal in ‘lead’ for ‘remarkable’ £33m attacker; agents braced for potential talks

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Arsenal have been heavily linked with Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino in recent days.

According to El Periodico Mediterraneo, the Gunners are the most interested club in the race for the 19-year-old.

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claim Villarreal would be likely to accept any bid in the region of €40-50m (£33-42m).

Now, Marca and EPM have provided further updates on Arsenal’s pursuit of Pino, as transcribed by Sport Witness.

Marca has claimed that the Gunners and Liverpool are in the ‘lead’ to sign the Spain international.

Villarreal are currently ‘waiting’ because ‘any movement’ could lead to Premier League interest intensifying.

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Meanwhile, EPM have reported that the La Liga club hasn’t yet received an offer from Arsenal or elsewhere.

Apparently, there has been only ‘one communication of a principle of interest’.

Namely, to know the intention of the player and Unai Emery’s side to carry out the potential transfer.

The report doesn’t mention which club made this approach.

However, they do explain Pino’s agents have maintained contacts with important Premier League sides.

The representatives have ‘seen with interest the possibility of starting talks for his signing’.

As per the AS report, EPM claim a deal Pino can happen for a fee of around €40-50m this summer.

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‘His composure belies his age’

Arsenal have (reportedly) picked out a superb target in Pino, one of the most talented youngsters in Spanish football.

He enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Spanish side last year, scoring six goals and adding four assists in 21 starts.

Pino also featured seven times as Unai Emery’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals.

He’s young, very talented, and has a fair bit of experience at the top level too.

Earlier this year, Squawka published a scouting report on Pino.

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‘Yeremi’s finishing is remarkable’, they wrote.

‘He has a natural ability to get himself into goalscoring positions through his movement and well-timed runs, and once he’s there, his composure belies his age.’

They also said Pino was ‘among the most prolific dribblers within Villarreal’s squad, and brings great value to Emery’s squad with that attribute and his blistering pace.

‘He is crucial in the transition, and that is why the former Arsenal coach has opted for Pino in games where the counter-attack has been crucial.’

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