Erling Haaland to Manchester United has been a rumour first surfacing back in 2019, when the young Norweigan was firing an unfathomable number of goals for RB Salzberg.
Originally scouted by Ralf Rangnick from Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s former side Molde, where the ex-United manager served as a mentor for the striker, Haaland exploded on to the European scene by scoring a hattrick on his Champions League debut.
He scored 29 goals and recorded seven assists for RB Salzberg in just 27 appearances, and so by the time January 2020 came around, he was probably the hottest property in Europe that transfer window.
Manchester United tried signing him that Janaury, and Solskjær himself even flew out to meet with Haaland’s team personally in a bid to persuade the striker to re-join him in Manchester, however these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, and the striker signed for German outfit Borussia Dortmund.
Since signing for the Black and Yellows, Haaland has gone from strength to strength. He scored a hattrick coming off the bench on his debut, and has scored 74 goals and recorded 19 assists in his 72 appearances for the club.
Naturally, it is being heavily rumoured that he will leave the club this coming summer, and pretty much every side is interested in him. Haaland has a release clause in his contract that activates this summer which is rumoured to be around €60-75m, however reports from the last year or so have claimed it could be up to €90m due to performances bonuses.
The BIG ‘issue’ with Haaland and signing him is that he comes hand in hand with the most feared agent in the game – Mino Raiola. Haaland’s agent is actually his father, Alf-Inge Håland, however Raiola is a heavy advisor and influencer in Haaland’s future, and will collect a substatial fee from any club Haaland goes to next.
Mino Raiola has been talking to Sport1 about the future of Erling Haaland.
“There’s a great chance that Haaland will leave this summer. We will tell BVB what our idea is and BVB will tell us their ideas. But no decision about Erling future will be made in winter. Maybe this summer, maybe the summer after. We will see,” the super agent told the German outlet.
“He [Erling Haaland] will take the next step. Bayern, Real [Madrid], Barcelona, Man City – these are the big clubs he can join. City have won the championship five times in the last few years, much more than Manchester United. When we moved to BVB, we all knew that this step would come.“
One thing that comes with Mino Raiola is all the smoke and mirrors that are generated from his quotes. Here, he seems to be claiming that Manchester United are not one of the big clubs that Erling Haaland will join – however it’s hard to believe that that is entirely true.
Raiola also spoke about the rumoured release clause: “That stays between me and the player. There are only two parties that are allowed to say something to the outside world: club and player. We know exactly what has to happen. We have structured that very clearly with BVB.“
United and Raiola have had a rocky relationship in the last few years. The club signed 3 of his players in one summer (Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan), and the relationship between each of those players and the club has been at least a bit rocky at points, potentially exacerbated by Mino Raiola and his endless comments – especially about Paul Pogba.
Raiola also spoke on the future of Paul Pogba.
Only time will tell with regards to the future of Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba. Let’s just hope they don’t end badly for Manchester United.