Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been ‘bombarding’ Erling Haaland with phone calls as he tries to ‘convince’ the Borussia Dortmund forward to join Manchester United.
Haaland has emerged as the most in-demand star in world football following a stunning impact with the Bundesliga side, scoring 49 goals in just 49 appearances in all competitions since moving to Germany.
The 20-year-old is being courted by each of Europe’s elite clubs with a wealth of Premier League sides interested in his services this summer, Manchester United joined by Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the race for Haaland’s signature.
Real Madrid are also keen on a deal for the Norway international, whilst Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona have also all been credited as potential suitors.
According to AS, as per the Mirror, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping his previous connection to the forward can aid Manchester United’s pursuit of the player, having previously coached Haaland during his time at Norwegian side Molde.
The two maintain a relationship and Solskjaer has reportedly been stepping up his approach, making several calls to Haaland in a bid to convince him of a move to Old Trafford.
Haaland’s contract at the Westfalenstadion contains a release clause of €75m that will become active in 2022, though Dortmund are likely to sell the player this summer in order to obtain a higher fee.
Dortmund are also in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification and currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga, the potential loss in revenue caused by an absence from Europe’s elite increasing the prospect of Haaland leaving this summer.
The forward has established himself as arguably the most exciting young talent in the game over the past two seasons, becoming the fastest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals.