Manchester United linked with Erling Braut Håland from RB Salzburg

With the January transfer window under a month away, Manchester United have been linked with RB Salzburg’s young striker, Erling Braut Håland.

If rumours are to be believed, RB Salzburg are willing to sanction the sale of their star Norwegian forward in January, with Manchester United being one of the interested clubs.

Haaland has been one of the stars of the UEFA Champions League group stages and has a stunning 17 goals in 16 appearances for Salzburg this season.

He is also known as the son of former Manchester City player Alfe Inge Haaland, who famously fell out with Roy Keane. The nineteen-year-old has become one of the most sought after young strikers in Europe.

Manchester United are in need of an injection of quality in front of goal, with performances this season showing a concerning variance in output in the attacking third of the pitch.

The potential addition of Haaland would certainly take some of the pressure off Marcus Rashford from a goalscoring perspective, even if it may not happen until the 2020/21 season.

The Sun and other outlets report that United are confident of sealing Haaland’s signature in a £76 million deal if they loan the striker back to Salzburg for the remainder of the campaign.

Manchester united are confident of agreeing a £76million deal to sign Erling Braut Haaland next month – before loaning him back to RB Salzburg until the end of the season.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the 19-year-old prodigy his top target and is desperate to beat off competition from across Europe for the striker’s services. (via The Sun)

This would represent a huge coup for United’s board, and would be a signal of the club’s ambition and intent; and Haaland would also fit the template of the club’s other young, forward-thinking signings of the Solskjaer era.

One factor that may play into Haaland’s decision is that he has previously worked with Solskjaer at Molde, where the striker finished as the top scorer in 2018, with 16 goals in 30 games.

United are going to face stiff competition for the young forward, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Juventus also being linked to the striker, and able to offer the additional perk of Champions League football.

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The Haaland transfer saga will be one that is likely to dominate the back pages for months to come, as clubs across Europe race to sign one of the continent’s brightest young talents.