Man Utd are willing to loan Erling Braut Haaland back to Red Bull Salzburg providing they can get a deal done for the striker in January, according to a report.
The story broke on Friday night via the Daily Mirror and it comes after a flurry of reports about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issuing a proposal to sign his former Molde striker and how he’s also sent trusted scout, Steve Wells, to report back on the youngster.
Haaland has never hid his desire to play in the Premier League and his outstanding performances in the Champions League this season has seen the young Norway international linked to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Any transfer for Haaland is likely to go ahead in the summer rather than January, but it’s promising to hear United trying to be proactive in the transfer market. It would be silly for him to leave Red Bull Salzburg at this point, with him bagging goals for fun in Austria. He should play the remainder of the season there before moving — which is what this alleged offer from United would see him do!
United are believed to be considered allowing Haaland to return to Salzburg until the end of the season, before making his move to Old Trafford permanent.
With five hat-tricks to his name already this season, Haaland is about to become Europe’s most-wanted striker.
The Mirror’s report claims Haaland is represented by the infamous Mino Raiola — who has had his share of deals with Ed Woodward in recent years.
The youngster has been warned off of making a move from Salzburg too soon, though, by Alf Ingve Bernsten, who worked with him at Bryne FK.
“After all, he has only played in Norway and Austria so far. And also there for a short time.
“Joining Bayern would be difficult for him at the moment. Because, of course, he still some way to go before he reaches the level of Robert Lewandowski.
“Erling is a dominant character, sitting on the bench would not be easy for him.”
He added: “What many forget: Haaland was not even a regular player at Salzburg recently. He did not play regularly until August this year.
“Of course he caused hype with his goals, but it would probably be advisable to stay at Salzburg for another year.
“The most important thing for Erling is to play regularly at the highest possible level. It would be bad for him not to play at his new club.
“He needs playing time at the highest level in order to evolve. To be a substitute at a top club would be a hindrance to his development.”