Manchester United are reportedly ‘confident’ of winning the race to sign Erling Braut Haaland ahead of the January transfer window.
The RB Salzburg star has emerged as one of the most in-demand players in world football following a stunning start to the season, the forward having scored 28 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions, including eight in just six games during this season’s Champions League group stages.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows the player well having previously managed the teenager at Norwegian side Molde, and the Manchester United boss has made Haaland’s signing a priority ahead of the winter window as he bids to bolster the club’s attacking options.
According to the Sun, the Red Devils are increasingly confident of landing the 19-year-old, with the club set to agree a deal worth around £76m that will see the prolific forward remain on loan at Salzburg until the end of the season.
Håland situation, right now…
Bid from Man United.
Bid from Juventus.
Bid from Leipzig.
Bid from Borussia Dortmund.
He’s going to decide soon with his family and Raiola.
Ole knows he wants to play. He wants to be a starter.
That will be the key of his next move.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 18, 2019
United had been keen on bringing the player in immediately as they look to strengthen their position in the race to secure a top-four finish, though will agree to Haaland spending the remainder of the campaign with the Austrian champions as they bid to beat off competition from the likes of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Salzburg’s sister-club, RB Leipzig.
Leipzig are reported to have a clause allowing them to sign the player for a cut-price fee, though any move would be dependent on Haaland agreeing a switch to the Bundesliga side and his preference is thought to be England.
Haaland has got Manchester United fans extremely excited that their club are about to pull off the signing, pictures emerging on social media of the in-demand star inking his signature onto a United shirt – though history tells us that such things mean absolutely nothing when it comes to transfers.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 17, 2019
The striker’s priority is believed to be regular first-team football, something he would likely be offered should he decide on a reunion with Solskjaer and mega-money move to Old Trafford, Haaland having worked with the United boss at Molde.