Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fears’ Erling Haaland will seal Man City transfer

Man Utd: What could tempt Haaland to Old Trafford?

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly fears Erling Haaland joining Manchester City this summer. The Borussia Dortmund striker is his countryman’s top transfer target ahead of the summer window. Yet securing his signature will be far from straightforward.

Manchester United want a new striker.

While they’re hopeful Edinson Cavani will extend his stay with the club, that uncertainty has sparked them into looking at potential replacements.

And, in Haaland, they’ve found their dream signing.

John Murtough, Darren Fletcher and Solskjaer all believe the 20-year-old would be a good asset for the club, especially given his sensational form in front of goal.

Haaland has scored 31 goals in just the Bundesliga and Champions League combined this term, enhancing his reputation as one of the best young forwards on the planet.

However, competition for his signature will be fierce.

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And AS claim Solskjaer is worried about the player ending up at Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola keen to bring the striker to the Etihad Stadium as a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

Publicly, Guardiola has denied that’s the case.

But that hasn’t stopped Solskjaer from worrying, though it’s stated Haaland’s dream move is actually to Real Madrid.

The problem with that, though, is that the La Liga giants are currently prioritising the signing of PSG forward Kylian Mbappe – who is stalling on a new contract over at the Parc des Princes.

And Haaland won’t wait on Madrid, with the Dortmund striker eyeing a move away from the Westfalenstadion at the end of the campaign.

The Bundesliga giants are looking increasingly likely to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League.


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And that won’t do for Haaland, who is determined to play at the highest level year in, year out.

Meanwhile, Karen Brady thinks only the wealthiest clubs on the planet can sign Haaland – and thinks United are consequently in with a genuine shot of striking a deal.

She wrote in her column for The Sun: “The fee for the 20-year-old blond giant and serial goalscorer is said to be £100-£150million — a sum only affordable to the wealthier aristocracy among clubs.

“The two envoys have so far talked to hard-up Barcelona and Real Madrid and include the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea among their targets.

“Erling may have liked to join Leeds, where he was born and where his father played for three years, but I don’t think they are in the running.

“And, make no mistake about it, money is the critical factor.

“Daddy Haaland and his Italian mate are looking for, it is reported, £25m each in agent fees.

“Should this or the transfer fee prove beyond the reach of clubs, then Erling will remain at Borussia Dortmund for a season more.

“Dortmund spotted a big earner by astute operation in the teen market.”

She then added: “Alf Haaland spent ten years here. He’s best known for his feud with Roy Keane, not an unusual state of affairs with the Irishman.

“Haaland put him out of football for a year during a Leeds-Man United match and, being Keane, he set about his revenge when they met next in a City-United derby.

“Keane was fined £150,000 and banned for eight matches for later admitting his red-card tackle was a deliberate act.

“Haaland was forced to retire and later said: ‘I really dislike United and I can’t stand their players.’

“Not exactly perfect grounds to start a negotiation — yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed Molde when Erling played there and dad may wish to change his mind.

“Raiola has also said: ‘I don’t give a f*** if I never do another player with Manchester United.’

“However, I think £25m each could persuade them otherwise and, anyway, United are a great club and shouldn’t be ruled out.”

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