Manchester United have seemingly moved into pole position to sign Erling Haaland after making a too-good-to-turn down approach to his club RB Salzburg.
The 19-year-old striker has emerged as a target for Ole Gunner Solskjaer this season after his magnificent scoring run for the Austrian side.
Haaland has hit 26 goals in 18 games this season and Solskjaer has admitted to being excited by the player’s progression with Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet last week reporting that Solskjaer wants to push ahead with a move for the teenager and United officials have put the wheels in motion.
However, it was reported on Wednesday that the player’s father – the former Leeds and Man City star Alfe Inge Haaland – was keen for his player to snub United for now and instead work his way up by playing in the Bundesliga for a few seasons.
As cited by the Daily Mirror, Haaland Snr said: “One day, Erling wants to play in the Premier League. I don’t know when the timing will be ideal.
“We are ahead of our own career schedule, but it is a very tough league.”
However, the Daily Mail reports United have muscled their way into pole position to land the striker by reportedly offering to meet Salzburg’s €80m (£68m) asking price for the striker in January, but delaying the move until the end of the season.
They claim the Red Devils are willing to wait to secure the teenager’s services to summer 2020 and allow him to see through what is shaping up to be a remarkable season with the free-scoring Austrian side.
And it’s suggested the Austrian side are tempted to accept this proposal, knowing they’ll struggle to keep the player beyond this season at best anyway.
Haaland, who was born in Leeds, revealed earlier this year that he had spoken to Solskjaer about United, but wouldn’t be drawn on a future move.
“I was working almost two years under him and I have a lot of good memories,” Haaland said in April.
“Especially for young players, he was a perfect coach. Because he was an excellent striker, he taught me a lot of things.
“Even now we are texting sometimes and I am happy about his success with Man United. I wish him all the best for the future.”
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