Manchester United have enquired about the availability of Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland ahead of the January transfer window.
The teenager has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in world football following a prolific start to the season with Salzburg, having scored 26 goals in just 18 games, the forward the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League so far having become the first player in history to score seven times in their first four appearances in the competition.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now ready to push ahead with plans to sign Haaland in the winter window, amid growing fears the youngster’s price-tag will continue to increase as some of Europe’s leading clubs begin to circle.
Man United manager Solskjaer previously worked with the 19-year-old at Norwegian side Molde and is keen on a reunion with his compatriot, though according to ESPN, Salzburg are said to value their prized asset at around £85m.
United are ready to approach the Austrian champions with a deal that would see Haaland signed in January before being loaned back to Salzburg for the remainder of the season, the club keen to avoid a bidding war with clubs such as Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid all reportedly monitoring his progress.
Strengthening the club’s forward line is said to be a priority for Solskjaer having failed to secure replacements for the outgoing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez during the summer.
The club are prepared to spend in January should any of their long-term targets including West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho become available for the right price.