Manchester United still plan to sign striker Erling Haaland, after missing out on the Norwegian in January.
At one stage, us here at Old Trafford Faithful like a United move to sign Haaland was all-but done. Unfortunately, the forward would choose Borussia Dortmund instead.
Since then, the former RB Salzburg striker has gone from strength-to-strength, scoring goals almost at will as his stock continues to rise.
However, United seemingly refuse to give up hope on acquiring Haaland at some point. The story comes from The Athletic, via TEAMTalk. Apparently, United still plan to sign the prolific 20-year-old who has scored 23 goals in 26 games for the German outfit.
Haaland actually has a £68m release clause in his contract, which comes into effect in the summer of 2022. The story claims that United may well be willing to buy Haaland for a higher price before that clause activates if his current performances continue…
United like Haaland so much that they’re willing to re-enter negotiations with superagent Mino Raiola, whom the Reds have had problems with in the past…
The story also claims that United still want to sign Haaland’s teammate, Jadon Sancho too, as part of ‘Project Number 7’, though that shirt is currently occupied by Edinson Cavani…
United’s long-term targets seem to be clear
We’ve been here before. Sancho and Haaland are two brilliant young players who fit United’s mould perfectly. Acquiring both, heck, even one of them, isn’t going to be easy.
The Red Devils need to give them a platform to grow, both their individual brands and as players. To do that, United need to offer Champions League football, hence why a top-four finish this season is more vital than ever.
Sure, it hurt missing out on Sancho this summer, though the deal isn’t dead. Next time around, the Englishman may be even cheaper due to a winding down contract.
As for Haaland, it’s going to be even tougher to sign him as competition to sign the Norwegian will only grow. There aren’t many club’s in world football who could afford to make the deal happen, however. Make no mistake about it, United are amongst those clubs.