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Haaland appears to wave goodbye to Dortmund fans as agent name next destination

Haaland nearly joined United two years ago
Haaland nearly joined United two years ago
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Ralf Rangnick is pushing for Manchester United to sign Erling Haaland despite intense competition for the Borussia Dortmund striker.

Rangnick has recently spoken to Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, about possibility of his son signing for United next year. Rangnick retains a cordial relationship with Alf-Inge Haaland from when he was Red Bull sporting director and oversaw Haaland’s move to Red Bull Salzburg from Molde in 2018.

Haaland, 21, came close to joining United two years ago but the Norwegian chose Dortmund, where he has plundered 76 goals in 74 games. Haaland’s €75million release clause becomes active in 2022 and he seems almost certain to leave Dortmund.

United do not believe the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who managed Haaland at Molde, would hamper their chances of signing Haaland. Sources say Solskjaer’s relationship with Haaland was not as warm following the collapse of his prospective move to United in December 2019.

United earmarked Haaland as their striker priority last season and are determined to recruit a forward ahead of next season, with Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba all out of contract in June. Anthony Martial also wants to leave.

United earmarked Haaland as their striker priority last season and are determined to recruit a forward ahead of next season, with Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba all out of contract in June. Anthony Martial also wants to leave.

“Erling Haaland is a fantastic striker,” Rangnick said at his introductory press conference three weeks ago. “I know best myself, because I was together with the people at Salzburg with my friend Kristoff and the people there were a little bit involved in the move from Molde to Salzburg, and therefore I know what kind of player he is.

“I’m more than happy with the offensive strike power we have here and the offensive players we have here, and quite a few of them did not play [against Arsenal]. Martial only came on in the last five minutes, Mason [Greenwood] didn’t play at all, we have so many top players in the offensive department that we don’t need to speak about any other players


Champions League qualification would be essential to attract Haaland, especially as Dortmund failed to progress from the group stage and were demoted to the Europa League. United are sixth in the Premier League table but with two games in hand on fourth-placed Arsenal.

Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, appeared to whittle down the list of prospective clubs to just four – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City – but Raiola backtracked last week, having said ‘City have won the championship five times in recent years, significantly more than United’.

Raiola clarified on Monday Haaland does not have a pre-agreement with any club. “Could Haaland wait for Barcelona? He can wait for anybody,” Raiola told NOS. “We don’t have a pre-agreement with club

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“We’ll look for the best option for him and I can’t rule out another year at Dortmund. Theoretically, that’s still possible.”

United blamed Raiola for the collapse of a €20m move for Haaland two years ago and senior club sources described the proposed terms of the transfer as ‘bad for the industry’. United refused to agree to a release clause and percentage of future sales. Sources close to the Haaland family always expected him to move to Germany, though.

Romelu Lukaku was the last Raiola client United signed in 2017 and Pogba is the only United player who is represented by the Italian agent.

Haaland appeals to City after they failed to recruit Harry Kane from Tottenham in the summer and his father captained the club on their return to the Premier League in 2000-01. Haaland would be significantly cheaper than Kane and is seven years younger.


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Madrid could realistically attract Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in June, in the summer while Bayern have prised Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels from Dortmund over the last decade.

Barcelona are incessantly linked with marquee players in what industry figures note is a self-preservation exercise to preserve the aura of the financially stricken club. Barca are eighth in La Liga and were eliminated from the Champions League group stage.

Haaland fuelled the possibility of a mid-season transfer by waving to Dortmund fans after the 3-0 home win over Furth 3-0, the club’s last home game before the winter break. The Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc, admitted Haaland’s gesture was ‘a bit strange’

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