Long in the cross-sights of Manchester United, Erling Haaland is now again the subject of intense speculation recently with Real Madrid and Premier League club Chelsea both also reportedly interested in the Norwegian superstar.
Alf-Inge Haaland, his father, has already spoken about the United links and made interesting comparisons to Borussia Dortmund.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly interested in signing the 20-year-old before Dortmund triggered his £17.1million release clause in his Red Bull Salzburg contract in January 2020 but his efforts came to no avail as United missed out on the Norway international, who has been playing up a storm since moving to Signal Iduna Park just over 12 months ago.
Reports are again making the rounds that the Manchester club are still keen on signing Haaland in this summer’s transfer window, but if they were to get a deal done, then it would be for a lot more than they originally could have landed him for.
The Leeds-born centre-forward has netted 25 times in 26 Bundesliga outings for Dortmund, becoming the first player in German top-flight history to score 25 goals in as many appearances.
And, according to recent reports, Chelsea have now made known their interest to sign one of the most sought-after players in world football.
The Blues rolled out the big bucks last summer on former RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, but the £45m Germany forward has not delivered anywhere near the high expectations so far for his new club.
And with Olivier Giroud’s future looking uncertain, being in the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, coupled with the inconsistencies of Tammy Abraham adding to the burdens fast piling up for Frank Lampard as well, Chelsea will certainly be in the market for a new striker this summer – and Haaland could well be the best solutions for these problems.
Speaking about the reported renewed interest from United, Alf-Inge Haaland made an interesting comparison between the Manchester club and Dortmund.
“Manchester United have achieved great success in recent years,” the former Manchester City and Leeds United player told German outlet Sport1.
“These are two very traditional clubs with a large fan base and a glorious history. Man United is a very proud club, just like Dortmund in Germany.”
There is also talk that the youngster has a £70m release clause in his contract at Dortmund which would be activated in the summer and this could surely prove to be a useful bargain for United.