Manchester United reportedly ‘pulled out’ of the race to sign Erling Braut Haaland over concerns over the way the deal for the forward was structured.
The Norwegian forward had emerged as a target for several of European football’s leading sides after a stunning breakthrough at RB Salzburg, with Borussia Dortmund announcing they have won the race to secure his signature yesterday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had shown a strong interest in signing a player he had previously worked with at Molde, but according to the Mirror, United withdrew from a potential deal over concerns regarding large payments to Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and the player’s father.
According to the report, a clause has also been inserted entitling both Raiola and Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, to a slice of any future transfer fee.
Manchester United‘s withdrawal from the race allowed Dortmund to capitalise and secure the signing of the 19-year-old, who has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season including eight in just six fixtures during the Champions League group stages.
The deal is believed to be worth around £18m due to a release clause in Haaland’s contract, with the teenager expected to earn around £130,000-a-week at the Bundesliga side.
Haaland will link up with his new teammates in the first week of January, Dortmund currently fourth in the Bundesliga and drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Champions League.