Erling Haaland Is Manchester United's 'Priority Centre Forward Target' In The Transfer Window
Manchester United have decided Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland will be their 'priority centre forward target' in the summer transfer window.
Haaland is one of the fastest rising talents in world football and will have a number of clubs vying for his signature.
The Manchester Evening News have claimed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and new football director John Murtough are in agreement over the 20-year-old.
It is believed Haaland is viewed as a perfect long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left Old Trafford for Inter Milan in 2019.
United attempted to sign the Norwegian from RB Salzburg last season before he opted to join Dortmund.
Since arriving in Germany he's scored 47 goals in 48 games and has become their star forward.
Dortmund could be forced to sell Haaland due to financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic - a year prior to an alleged €75 million release clause activating.
Haaland is represented by Mino Raiola and United's relationship with the Dutchman is fractured due to his meddling in Paul Pogba's career.
Raiola has attempted to engineer a move away for Pogba in recent years and has proven difficult for United's hierarchy to handle.
Despite that, Solskjaer working with Haaland at Molde a number of years ago is said to override the issue.
Solskjaer stated last month he still remains in contact with Haaland and labelled him a 'top player'.
He explained: "When you have had kids and players through as a coach, you follow them and I keep in touch with Erling. It's great to see him become the player he has become and I know he'll work to improve all the time.
"He's a Dortmund player and we just wish him well there and let's see what life will bring later on.
"Who wasn't interested in him a year ago? Everyone would say you take the best players in the world. Erling is a top player."
Dortmund are currently fifth in the Bundesliga and could potentially miss out on Champions League qualification.
Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said last month that a player in the ilk of Haaland could leave to balance the books.
"If there are going to be no spectators in stadiums next season then we have to start thinking about selling players," Watzke said. "We won't go madly asking for bank credit to avoid that."
Haaland is said to be demanding a wage of around £350,000-per-week from a new club.
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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Transfers, Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
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