Manchester United were still unanimously occupied with Erling Haaland before he decided to hitch bitter rivals Manchester City this summer. City eradicated United’s long-running links to Haaland by confirming his highly-anticipated arrival earlier this month.
The Premier League champions triggered the £51million release clause in Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund contract, adding him to Pep Guardiola’s already-terrifying attacking regiment. Real Madrid were also known suitors, but City took full advantage of Los Blancos applying their entire deal with a failed pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.
Haaland was one in every of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s prime transfer targets at Old Trafford and even met the 21-year-old, who he managed at Molde, in 2019. Nonetheless, the discharge clause his former agent, Mino Raiola, demanded to be included in his contract was an important reason United didn’t complete a deal to sign him from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
But United’s interest seemingly didn’t dissolve after the departures of Solskjaer and Ed Woodward. In keeping with the MEN, there was a ‘mutual agreement’ across the Red Devils board that Haaland posed because the ‘ideal’ striker signing this summer, although they were never confident of beating City and Real to his signature.
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Erik ten Hag desires to recruit a recent striker in his first transfer window as United manager, with Cristiano Ronaldo turning 38 next season and Edinson Cavani leaving on a free transfer on July 1. However the Dutchman missed his priority goal after Liverpool accomplished an £85m swoop for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez.
Whether United pursue a big-money striker or splash out on a winger, perhaps reuniting Ten Hag with Ajax star Antony, stays to be seen. A lot of the club’s focus within the transfer market is currently on sealing a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, an important a part of Ten Hag’s plans.
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