Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided he is still a firm admirer of Erling Haaland, reports say. The 19-year-old was wanted by the Red Devils during his time with Red Bull Salzburg but, in the January transfer window, ended up moving to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund instead.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer managed Haaland at Molde in Norway, helping the 19-year-old sharpen his shooting skills during their time together.
And, since leaving the club, the teenager has established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in world football.
United had hoped to sign Haaland back in January, with both Solskjaer and Ed Woodward meeting the Norwegian and his entourage about a potential transfer.
But the Red Devils were snubbed by the Dortmund star, who chose to test himself in the Bundesliga instead.
Yet the Evening Standard say Solskjaer has decided he’s still a big Haaland admirer, despite being turned down.
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And it can’t be ruled out that the Red Devils will choose to revive interest in the goalscorer further down the line.
United are on the lookout for a new striker, despite their current crop of forwards all enjoying good individual campaigns.
But any transfer for Haaland will likely have to wait until 2021 at the earliest, with the striker’s agent Mino Raiola ruling out an early Dortmund exit.
“He’s a very important gem,” Raiola told Marca. “It’s great to see him play and to see how he develops in every game.
“Nobody thought that his adaptation to the Bundesliga and the Champions League in a team like Borussia Dortmund would be like that. No one expected it.
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“It’s not easy to go from Austria to Germany and show that level.
“He has a lot to improve yet. He’ll be at Dortmund for as long as he needs to be.”
While United aren’t expected to swoop for Haaland this summer, they do want a forward.
And that’s irrespective as to whether or not they choose to sign Odion Ighalo permanently.
The Nigeria international has been a huge hit at Old Trafford since signing on loan on transfer deadline day, scoring four goals from eight games.
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And United still plan to sign another striker even if Ighalo ends up staying put beyond the summer.
Harry Kane has been linked amid uncertainty over his Tottenham future, with the England international weighing up a move away from north London.
Liverpool target Timo Werner has admirers at the club having been in sublime form for RB Leipzig this season.
And Moussa Dembele and Raul Jimenez, of Lyon and Wolves respectively, are also under consideration.
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