The Haaland saga: Manchester United to have “talks” with Raiola?

In his latest report for The Guardian, Fabrizio Romano has named Manchester United as one of the five teams interested in Erling Haaland.

He further adds that Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are the current leading contenders for the young Norwegian. Borussia Dortmund wants to keep Haaland for one more year and are unwilling to sell him for less than €150 million.

According to Romano, Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, confirmed that he met with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola. He’s claimed that he made his and Dortmund’s intentions very clear to the super-agent. Zorc said: “Yes, yesterday I spoke to Raiola. We’ve made our intentions very clear”.

Later, Romano confirmed that agent Mino Raiola’s plan is to talk with all five of the interested clubs. This means that Raiola could “talk” with Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Yesterday evening, Mundo Deportivo claimed that Mino Raiola and Alf Inge Håland (Erling Haaland’s father) will travel to London today to hold meetings with clubs to find out their intentions, with Manchester United being named as one of said clubs.

It is no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjær is an admirer of his fellow countryman, and it seems that there is always a slight possibility of a transfer due to the pairs connection from their time together at Molde FK. Solskjær recently claimed that he keeps in contact with the Norwegian. When asked if he would be interested in signing the 20-year-old, he said: “When you have had kids and players through as a coach, you follow them and I keep in touch with Erling.”

Solskjær added: “It’s great to see him become the player he has become and [how] he works to improve all the time. He’s a Dortmund player – we just wish him well there and let’s see what life will bring later on.”

While it is clear that the United manager admires his former player, it seems that a future reunion would be fairly difficult to manufacture this summer, as the asking price of €150 million is a major concern, along with a few other potential stumbling blocks.

The striker has been firing on all cylinders this season, with 33 goals in just 31 appearances for the yellow and blacks. His 10 goals in the Champions League this campaign have helped him surpass the United manager as the top goal scoring Norwegian in the competition.

Haaland’s goals have helped Dortmund to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they face Manchester City. Yet, domestically Dortmund are struggling and are in the midst in a top four battle, currently sitting four points away from the Champions League places in the Bundesliga.

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