Well, the Erling Haaland signing rumours were fun while they lasted, eh? We covered a story from The Sun just last week, in which it was claimed that Manchester United were prepared to offer the talented teenager huge wages to choose Old Trafford as his next destination.
Today, Haaland’s new club has been confirmed as Borussia Dortmund. The Norweigan will link up with a mega-talented group of players at the Westfalonstadion, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s working relationship with the forward seemingly not enough to convince him to make the move to Manchester.
In the immediate aftermath, us Reds fans have all been wondering why the 20-time Premier League champions have missed out. Well, the Daily Mail have since shed some light on the situation.
They state that United have missed out on the signing of the prolific 19-year-old due to hefty demands from his representatives.
Apparently, Dortmund have agreed to give Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and father, Alfe Inge, a ‘significant share’ of the player’s future sales value. In short, it means Raiola can control Haaland’s next month. Understandably, United wasn’t prepared to give that up despite the low £18million transfer fee.
All that said, missing out on a player who has scored 29 goals in 27 appearances is still bitterly disappointing. Haaland is obviously an immensely talented young man with massive potential and no doubt he’ll thrive in Dortmund.
You’d have thought that maybe Solskjaer could have persuaded his countryman to head here, but unfortunately, the lack of Champions League football on offer certainly doesn’t help our case. Plus, there’s a real possibility he wouldn’t be first-choice here in Manchester, particularly with the form that Anthony Martial is showing.
For now, United definitely have bigger needs. I’m looking at a couple of midfielders first and foremost, though whether we’ll be able to lure the calibre of player needed in the mid-season window remains to be seen…