Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland, with the club’s hierarchy concerned by the prospect of once again negotiating with super-agent Mino Raiola.
The Norwegian forward has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in world football following a blistering start to the season with the Austrian champions, Haaland having scored 26 times all competitions including seven goals already in this season’s Champions League group stage.
The 19-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League and to Manchester United in recent weeks, where he would be reunited with former Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
United are believed to be keen to add to their forward options having sanctioned the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez last summer, the youngster fitting the profile that the club is looking to attract.
However, according to The Athletic, the club face a ‘potential problem’ in the signing of Haaland, with the player represented by the controversial agent, Mino Raiola.
Haaland’s representative is seen as a potential stumbling block in securing a deal, the club thought to be wary at the prospect of entering talks with Raiola again following their previous dealings with the Italian over the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Counterclaims have suggested that the two parties remain on good terms, though Raiola’s presence in negotiations is said to be a complicating factor for United who are keen to wrap up a deal for the coveted forward quickly amid fierce competition.
Other reports have also suggested that Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have first refusal on any player from their sister club.