Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given the green light to pursue his transfer targets this summer with Erling Haaland top of the manager’s wish list according to the latest reports.
The Manchester United manager has been a long time admirer of the Borussia Dortmund striker ever since their time together at Molde and sees him as the perfect man to lead the Reds’ attack and in turn a title challenge next season.
The Mirror reports:
United failed in a bid to sign Haaland a year ago when the brilliant Norwegian striker decided to join Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg over doubts that Solskjaer’s future in Manchester was less than secure.
When the Reds then refused to pay £120million for Haaland’s Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho in the summer, the Florida-based Glazer family were hammered for running the club on the cheap.
But Solskjaer is buoyant about his chances of landing a contract extension.
And he also feels that after a top-four finish last season, United will be in pole position to land the kind of world-class talent the fans crave if he can once again qualify for the Champions League.
Jadon Sancho was always seen as the main target for United and a player that was likely to end up at Old Trafford, but there have been increasing reports that Solskjaer’s attention has now shifted to Haaland. The signing of Amad Diallo and the increasing need for a number 9, especially with Anthony Martial struggling and Edinson Cavani turning 34, means the Norwegian manager has made his fellow countryman the priority this summer.
With United also in the hunt for a centre back and possibly a midfielder, especially if as expected Paul Pogba moves on in the summer, then it could be a busy summer for the Reds. One sticking point could be Mino Raiola who represents Haaland and Pogba and has been a source of problems for United in the past with a stream of negative comments towards the club.
United fans will be hoping the club and Raiola can put their mutual dislike of