Manchester United and rivals City are BOTH interested in luring Erling Haaland to England next summer as Borussia Dortmund consider cashing in on their star striker before his £65m release clause comes into effect
- Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has scored 33 goals in just 26 starts
- Manchester City want the 20-year-old to replace ageing striker Sergio Aguero
- Manchester United’s main target is a right winger but they are also tracking him
- Spanish side Real Madrid could also bid if they are in a financial position to do so
Haaland is widely recognised as Europe’s standout young finisher having plundered 33 goals in 26 starts since the Bundesliga side signed him last January.
Manchester City are planning for the future as Sergio Aguero’s time at the Etihad Stadium draws nearer – and are planning to be active in the market next summer.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is wanted by both Manchester clubs and Real Madrid
United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) and City’s Pep Guardiola (right) are both keen to sign him
The Argentine’s contract runs down at the end of this season and talks surrounding a new deal have not yet taken place, with injuries blighting his year thus far.
City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United, who they face at Old Trafford on Saturday, also admire Haaland after a failed bid to land the Norwegian when he left RB Salzburg for Germany.
United’s main area of focus has been a new right winger – chiefly Jadon Sancho – but want to be kept informed on Haaland’s status.
Manchester United are reportedly prioritising Haaland’s Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho
Haaland’s father Alf-Inge (left) played for Manchester City for three years from 2000-2003
Then-United captain Roy Keane made a horror tackle on Haaland Sr during Manchester derby
Dortmund are under no obligation to sell their top scorer next summer given his release clause – believed to be worth around £65million – does not kick in until 2022.
Yet they may view the end of this season as the best time to receive true market value for the 20-year-old, while sources indicated that Real Madrid will launch a bid if they can raise the finances required.
Both Manchester clubs have endured publicly strained relationships with Haaland’s representative, Mino Raiola, although the player’s father, Alf-Inge, spent three seasons at City during his own career.
Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko (left), 16, may replace Haaland from within the club