Man Utd’s ‘internal review over Erling Haaland transfer’ emerges with 2022 deal targeted

Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?

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It’s an open secret that Manchester United have made Erling Haaland their priority for next summer’s transfer window. And, now, reports have revealed an internal review that took place over how the club were able to miss out on the Norway international when he was at Molde. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed his compatriot at the club and would love for him to lead the line next term, when Edinson Cavani is expected to leave on a free transfer.

Up until March, Haaland was going to be United’s priority for this summer’s transfer window.

Undeterred after being rejected by the 21-year-old in the January transfer window of 2020, Solskjaer was planning for his side to go after the hitman with everything they had.

And then, everything changed.

Edinson Cavani, who had been widely expected to leave for Boca Juniors, was convinced to stay for one more year – putting the Red Devils’ pursuit of a new centre-forward on hold as a result.

Haaland is expected to stay with Dortmund this summer, with the Borussia Dortmund adamant he won’t be able to leave the Westfalenstadion for any price.

But United are primed to go after the striker in a year’s time, when Cavani is expected to leave the club and fulfil his dream of returning to South America.

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And, now, The Athletic have claimed there’s been an internal review relating to Haaland.

It’s said that United have placed calls to ‘retrace historic pursuits’ asking questions over whether their scouting reports were accurate enough and who, specifically, declined the opportunity to sign key prospects.

Solskjaer had called for this to happen, wanting to know if potential signings could have been flagged earlier or whether deals fell apart during the negotiations phase.

The United boss himself recommended Haaland when he was in charge at Molde, when the Dortmund star would have cost just £5million.

But nobody took him up on his pitch and the Red Devils now face paying £66m to land Haaland in a year’s time, where competition for his signature is expected to be fierce.


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Chelsea are primed to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

But the Blues are still big Haaland admirers and, if they enjoy another successful campaign under Thomas Tuchel, will likely rival United for the Dortmund star’s signing.

Barcelona are strapped for cash but, after a year without Lionel Messi, the books may become balanced again.

And while Real Madrid have Kylian Mbappe as their priority, they’re also big admirers of the Dortmund striker.

With United already earmarking Haaland as their top target for next year, it’ll be interesting to see whether they’re able to bring him in the door.

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The player, certainly, has spoken glowingly of Solskjaer in the past – and the Red Devils are hoping their close bond can swing the transfer pendulum their way.

Speaking about Solskjaer in October 2019, Haaland said: “He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer.

“He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.

“I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football.”

And, in April 2020, he picked out one particular pre-game chat with Solskjaer as having a huge impact on his career so far.

He said: “When I look back, it was really a pretty strange time, the start of 2018. That match (against SK Brann) somehow became a kind of turning point for my career, if you can say it that way.

“Before that game, Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules; the first one, was on touch, that I don’t use too much power and try to destroy the goal or 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 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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