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United and City linked with battling for Haaland as Dortmund claimed to be considering cashing in

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are being linked with fighting it out to sign prolific goalscorer Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian’s current club Borussia Dortmund reportedly considering cashing in on the player.

After some impressive showings for former club Red Bull Salzburg last season, the 20-year-old was linked with a number of Europe’s top sides – including Manchester United – before ultimately joining Dortmund in January of this year.

Since then the forward has gone to new heights, netting 23 goals in just 22 Bundesliga outings, while he also recently became the fastest player to net 15 Champions League goals in the competition’s history.

Despite only joining the club at the start of the year, however, Haaland could already potentially be on the move, with the Daily Mail reporting that both United and City are keen to bring the player to the Premier League next summer.

The report suggests that his club could be willing to cash on in their star man sooner rather than later, in order to generate a huge transfer fee before a £65m release clause comes into effect in 2022.

The Leeds-born youngster is well-known to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the pair having worked together at Norwegian side Molde and the Red Devils were seemingly interested in making a move before he ended up at Signal Iduna Park.

Although that connect remains between the two, the situation for United isn’t exactly straightforward, with the club having previously failed to prize England international Sancho from the German club over the summer after lengthy and public negotiations.

Another factor that also may harm Solskjaer’s cause is United’s fractious relationship with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola, the Italian having stirred trouble on countless occasions as the agent of current Old Trafford star Paul Pogba, including recently outlining the Frenchman’s desire to the leave the club just days before their crucial Champions League match with RB Leipzig.

As for Man City, with Sergio Aguero coming to the end of his contract and fellow forward Gabriel Jesus still to truly convince, a move for Haaland would no doubt make perfect sense as Pep Guardiola and co look to kick on once again and achieve their goal of becoming champions of Europe.

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