Manchester United have requested they be informed should Erling Haaland request to leave Borussia Dortmund in this summer’s transfer window, according to reports. The Norway international is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target at Old Trafford. And he could actually join as a team-mate for Edinson Cavani, instead of a replacement.
Manchester United want Haaland.
Despite being rebuffed by the Norway international back in the January transfer window of 2020, interest at Old Trafford remains strong.
Solskjaer has seen Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood struggle this term, with the pair scoring just five Premier League goals between them.
And, with United still yet to win the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013, the club are eyeing more firepower.
They now want Haaland over Jadon Sancho, who has been on their radar ever since his time with Manchester City.
And Norwegian newspaper VG claim that United have lodged a request, asking to be informed should they learn Haaland wants to leave Dortmund for a new challenge elsewhere.
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But while that’s the case, it’s also suggested that the Red Devils’ economic situation could hamper them in any potential transfer pursuit.
United have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, losing out on roughly £4million to £5m for every home match played behind closed doors.
And they may struggle to outbid their rivals, with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea also keen on securing Haaland’s signature this summer.
There is some good news for United, however.
It’s claimed they haven’t given up keeping hold of Cavani, despite all signs pointing to a parting of the ways at the end of the campaign.
The player’s father recently suggested he could leave Old Trafford, saying: “My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again.
“Edinson is going to end up playing in South America. I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important.
“Edinson had many conversations with Riquelme and he would like to play for Boca. He was always seduced by the idea of playing in Boca.
“If he returns to South America he is leaning towards Boca. By the middle of the year he will return to South America.
“My son’s idea is not to continue there, he wants to return.”
But United, it seems, are hopeful Cavani will stay put.
Solskjaer recently hailed the veteran, with the 48-year-old saying: “We’re speaking to Eddy.
“Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.
“We want a competitive squad and we need someone up there to score the goals for us. So we’re looking at it.”
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former United star Rio Ferdinand urged his old side to do all they can to bring Haaland to the Theatre of Dreams.
“You know what, they’ve just got to go and give everything to get Haaland, I don’t care,” said the six-time Premier League winner.
“I don’t like to talk about players coming from other teams but this guy man, we can’t afford to let this guy go anywhere else.
“His only destination is England, that’s the only place he’s going. If he goes anywhere else I’d be so surprised.
“Born here, born and bred. He obviously loves English football, his dad played here. I’m sure it’s one of his dreams to come and play in England.
“Why not in the red shirt at Old Trafford? Be the guy that brings trophies back to Man United and brings the successful period back. Be that guy.”