Manchester United ‘hopeful’ of signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland in 2022 when £68m release clause becomes active
Oct. 26, 2020
Manchester United are still reportedly hopeful of signing Erling Haaland – but they will have to wait until 2022 to capture his signature.
The Red Devils were in for Haaland in January after the striker smashed in 28 goals in just 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg.
This included ten in the Champions League and there was a great clamouring among the elite European clubs for his signature seeing as his release clause was a mere £18.16million (€20m).
Ole Gunnar Solskajer was very keen to sign his compatriot and was even said to have had a meeting with Haaland to get the deal over the line.
The Man United boss also managed the Norwegian wonderkid at Molde and it looked like the stars were aligning for him to come to the Premier League .
But the move hit a stumbling block in the form of a familiar adversary – agent Mino Raiola.
The Manchester club have had run-ins with Raiola over Paul Pogba but the reason Haaland ended up joining Borussia Dortmund was over a request release clause.
The Red Devils were said to have been unwilling to put in the £68million release clause but Dortmund were.
Haaland has gone on to be sensational for the Bundesliga club hitting 23 goals in 26 game in all competitions.
The Athletic report that Man United still harbour ambitions of signing the striker but will have to wait until 2022 – when his release clause becomes active.
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Although the relationship between the club and his agent remain fractured, Solskjaer and Haaland are said to be on good terms.
Edinson Cavani’s contract could be extended by 12 months until the summer of 2022 when United could make their move.
A transfer could happen sooner for a fee exceeding the release clause but it remains unlikely that Dortmund would want to sell their prized asset.
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