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Haaland still at the top of Solskjaer’s priorities amid £68m release clause

Erling Haaland remains at the top of Manchester United’s transfer wish list, with the forward possessing a release clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland has long been on the list of priorities for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks to strengthen his forward options and it is understood that he retains his interest in the youngster, Manchester United having initially approached the player during his time at Red Bull Salzburg.

Negotiations between the club and the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, ended without an agreement as the Red Devils refused to include a release clause in a potential deal, a release clause that Dortmund accepted and one which could eventually pave the way for a potential move to Old Trafford.

According to The Athletic, Haaland’s contract at the Westfalenstadion contains a release clause allowing the 20-year-old to leave in the summer of 2022 for a figure of €75m (£68m), a fee that will surely tempt most of Europe’s elite given the star’s performances since signing for Dortmund.

Haaland scored his fifth goal in just five Bundesliga fixtures during the weekend win against rivals Schalke, his record for Dortmund now standing at a hugely impressive 23 goals in just 26 appearances in all competitions since arriving from Salzburg in January.

Solskjaer previously coached the forward during his time at Molde and the duo are believed to retain a strong relationship, the Man Utd manager believing that Haaland is a player that can spearhead the Red Devils’ attack for the next decade.

Any approach to bring Haaland to English football next summer will likely require a much higher fee than the player’s release clause, whilst it remains to be seen whether United reopen negotiations with Dortmund over a move for Jadon Sancho.

The England international was the club’s number one transfer target throughout the summer but talks failed to find an agreement between the two sides, Dortmund having demanded a British transfer-record fee for the 20-year-old.

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