Transfer News: Manchester United to reconsider Erling Haaland transfer stance
A report by The Athletic (Subscription Required) [h/t Mirror] claims that Manchester United will assess if Erling Haaland is a viable transfer target and would exit talks if they think he is too expensive.
The Norwegian striker is one of the hottest young prospects in the world. He has amassed 49 goals in 52 games for Borussia Dortmund since his move in January 2020.
And it is to no one’s surprise that top clubs are linked with a move for him. Manchester United are one such club, as they look to strengthen their frontline next season.
But the report mentions that United are wary of another drawn-out transfer saga with the Black and Yellow. The stance on Haaland comes after a 10-week saga that saw United pursue Jadon Sancho to no avail.
A financial headache
Mino Raiola, his agent, wants to make him the first £1million-a-week footballer and such a ridiculous demand would surely shatter the wage structure at Old Trafford.
Raiola and Haaland’s father have also undertaken a European tour where talks were held with Barcelona and Real Madrid over a potential move for Haaland. So United also know that they are not alone in this transfer race.
The former RB Salzburg front-man is, of course, a potent striker who can bring trophies to Old Trafford. But the club would be wise to assess the financial costs of any such transfer, especially considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
David de Gea is the club’s top earner at the moment at £375,000-a-week. And if the aforementioned figure is to be believed, then United would have to offer Haaland almost triple that amount.
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Harry Kane remains the other option for United, but the report goes on to state that Daniel Levy is reluctant to sell the 27-year-old to any English club ‘under any circumstances’.