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Manchester United lead the race to sign prolific Erling Haaland – report

Manchester United are believed to be leading the race to sign Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland.

The Norwegian forward has alerted some of world football’s biggest clubs after a prolific season for the Austrian side so far, the 19-year-old becoming the first player in Champions League history to score seven times in their first four fixtures in the competition.

Haaland’s prolific campaign has already seen him score 26 goals in just 18 appearances in all competitions – including five hat-tricks – and according to Dagbladet, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is leading the race to sign his compatriot.

The Manchester United boss previously managed Haaland at Molde prior to his move to Austrian football, and the club are hopeful that their previous relationship can persuade the in-demand forward to make the move to Old Trafford.

According to Norwegian journalist Morten Pedersen, the teenager is unlikely to move in the January transfer window and will play out the remainder of the season with Salzburg, though a summer transfer is probable.

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“He enjoys playing an entire season in Salzburg. Clubs have talked to Salzburg about Braut Haaland, of course. I keep the door open that agreements can be made [for a transfer]. I’m sure he won’t play in Salzburg August 2020.”

Pedersen added that despite interest from several elite clubs should Haaland make the move to the Premier League then a switch to Manchester United and reunion with Solskjaer seems the most likely scenario, the report even claiming United have already lodged an offer.

“If he goes to England, he ends up in Manchester United, I can’t see anything else,” he added. “It is not because of United, but that Solskjaer is United manager. It is safe, good and harmless. Everyone knows he will be looked after.

“It is a transition made in heaven for Erling Braut Haaland. It’s almost like coming home to his uncle, the nicest uncle. It will be scary if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United are not interested in him, so 1 + 1 is 2.”

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