Man United could be put off trying to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland after the Germans refused to give in and sell them Jadon Sancho last year… with ‘Harry Kane next on the list if they can get the £120m price down’
- Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho last summer was in the end in vain
- Dortmund played hardball over the fee and United refused to meet the price
- And the board at Old Trafford are wary of another saga with the German club
- Erling Haaland is interesting Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona
- Harry Kane is next on United’s list, but Daniel Levy does not want to sell to a rival
Manchester United are reportedly wary of another transfer fiasco with Borussia Dortmund, this time over Erling Haaland, after their prolonged and ultimately futile attempts to sign Jadon Sancho last summer.
The Red Devils had England international Sancho as their No 1 target in the last summer window, but a deal failed to materialise after the Bundesliga club did not budge from their £108m asking price.
Now, 20-year-old star forward Haaland is among United’s top targets this summer but according to The Athletic, the boardroom at Old Trafford will assess whether the Norwegian is a viable option, given the hefty financial demands for his signature.
Erling Haaland is Europe’s most in-demand player and could leave Dortmund this summer
But United are reluctant to get embroiled into another transfer saga with the Bundesliga club
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola was pictured over a week ago attending meetings with Barcelona and Real Madrid, as he travelled alongside Haaland’s father Alfie.
United, as well as neighbours Man City and rivals Chelsea, are all exploring the possibility of signing Haaland, who has scored 49 goals in 52 games for Dortmund since arriving from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
The report adds that Tottenham star Harry Kane is next on United’s list of forwards, though not at the reported £120m asking price.
Reports emerged over the weekend that Kane would ask to leave Spurs this summer if they don’t qualify for the Champions League and their bid for a top-four spot was damaged by a 3-1 loss to United on Sunday.
However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is said to have dismissed the prospect of selling his star asset to another English club.
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Haaland’s dad Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola were spotted travelling in Barcelona this month
Harry Kane is next on United’s list of forward targets, but not at the £120m price on the table
Another pursuit of 21-year-old Sancho is not off the table either, though Dortmund’s £108m asking price from last year would have to come down.
A move for a forward also depends on the future of Edinson Cavani, who impressed and scored at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday.
The Uruguayan’s deal expires this summer, with a return to South America mooted, but the 34-year-old does have an option to extend by another year.
A deal to sign Haaland’s team-mate Jadon Sancho (L) is not yet off the table at Old Trafford
Meanwhile, reports this weekend stated Raiola wants to make Haaland the first ‘£1m-per-week’ footballer.
In addition to an asking price from Dortmund of £158m, due to significant fees for his agent and father, a deal for Haaland would be financially tough for all suitors this summer.
David de Gea is currently United’s top earner, at £375,000-a-week, though his future is also up in the air after Dean Henderson usurped him as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 goalkeeper.