He’s the striker that all of Europe is seemingly chasing, but Erling Braut Haaland has apparently told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he ‘wants to sign for Manchester United’.
Haaland has risen to prominence this season after his incredible goalscoring heroics for RB Salzburg, the 19-year-old having netted 28 goals in just 22 appearances for the Austrian champions, including eight in Salzburg’s six Champions League group games.
His fine form has seen his valuation rise exponentially towards the £80 million mark, though it has been claimed that the Leeds-born forward has a very modest release clause of £17m in his contract, having only moved to the club from Molde in the summer.
It was reported earlier this week that Haaland travelled to Dortmund to hold talks with the Bundesliga side about a potential transfer to the Westfalenstadion, while Julian Nagelsmann revealed that he also held talks with the Norwegian about a move to RB Salzburg’s sister club, RB Leipzig.
However, reports emerged that following Manchester United‘s 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed Friday’s training session in order to make a trip to Salzburg to hold face-to-face talks with Haaland, the pair having worked together during their time at Molde last season, and the Mirror report that the striker told Solskjaer he wants to join the Old Trafford club.
Haaland, along with his father, former Leeds and Man City defender Alfe-Inge, is said to have visited United’s Carrington training ground earlier this year, and during the latest meeting in Austria, Solskjaer is said to have outlined his plans to play him alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in United’s attacking lineup.
Haaland missed Salzburg’s 2-2 draw with TSV Hartberg on Saturday with an injury, the clubs last game before a two-month winter break.