According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Manchester United pulled out of a potential deal for Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland after refusing to meet agent Mino Raiola’s demands.
Borussia Dortmund today announced the capture of the Norwegian star on a deal running until 2024, with a confirmation tweet found here.
The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson, who also covers Man Utd, claims that Erling’s other representatives is his farther, former Man City and Leeds United ace Alf-Inge.
Both Jackson and Dawson claim that Haaland’s representatives demanded that a buyout clause and a percentage of a future sale be included into the youngster’s contract.
While United fans are bound to be disappointed with the news, the club may have made the right decision from a business point of view.
#MUFC were prepared to meet Erling Haaland‘s transfer fee and wages, but could not accept the future buy-out clause that was also being demanded. It would have meant his agent would have controlled any future sale and not United, and so walked away.
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) December 29, 2019
Right now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to target a creative midfielder.
A prolific striker like Haaland would have given the side a boost for the remainder of the season and beyond.
The Red Devils are just four points adrift of Chelsea in fourth place after the Blues came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 today.
United’s quest for a Champions League spot is ongoing.