Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?
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Manchester United are ‘excited’ by the prospect of Chelsea missing out on Erling Haaland, it has been claimed. The Norway international is wanted by both Premier League clubs. But any move away from Borussia Dortmund isn’t likely to take place this summer, with the Bundesliga giants eager to keep their prized asset.
Chelsea had originally been intending to sign Haaland.
But they’ve now given up, with the Blues focusing their efforts on prising Romelu Lukaku away from Inter Milan instead.
That’s a major boost to United, who plan on pursuing Haaland in the summer transfer window of 2022 when Edinson Cavani is expected to become a free agent.
And Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on The Football Terrace podcast, has claimed United are getting ‘excited’ about the new developments surrounding Haaland’s future.
“It hasn’t quite come through as far as Chelsea hoped it would by now, I think it would be fair to say,” he said.
“Borussia Dortmund will be closing the door at the end of the week because they need to focus on the new season. Erling Haaland knows that he has so many options open to him next summer.
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“Man United, by the way, are becoming quite excited by all this – the fact that Haaland might still be on the market next summer.”
Jones also revealed that Chelsea were now going to give Lukaku more money than he was on at United.
The Belgium international spent two years at Old Trafford between 2017 and 2019, blowing hot and cold under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.
And the Eurosport journalist said: “When Chelsea first touched base with Lukaku about what they’d be offering, Man City were kind of in the conversation as well.
“They’d actually offered more money to Lukaku in terms of an initial financial payment, what his wages would be and so on.
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“And so, Chelsea weren’t really in the same ballpark. But, since then, things have changed.
“Chelsea have increased their offer, they’re now willing to pay Lukaku not just more than he’s on at Inter Milan but more than he earned at Manchester United.
“He took a pay cut to go to Inter Milan, at United he was on around £200,000-a-week.
“He’ll be getting more than that if he goes to Chelsea, probably closer to £250,000-a-week from what I’m told.
“This is advancing, this story is moving all the time. Yesterday I took so many calls on it because suddenly it became a live story.”
Lukaku previously joined Chelsea from Anderlecht back in the summer transfer window of 2011.
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But he struggled during his time in the capital, failing to score from 15 appearances for the Premier League side.
Regarding Haaland, United are sold on his signing.
Both John Murtough and Solskjaer see the Norway international being their No 9 for many years to come, especially with Cavani entering the twilight years of his career.
And it’ll be interesting to see whether the Red Devils are able to secure his signing, succeeding where Chelsea failed in the process.
In April, meanwhile, Paul Scholes urged United to land Haaland instead of pursuing Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said.
“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.
“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.
“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.
“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.
“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.
“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.
“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”
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