April 20, 2021

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Manchester United cool Erling Haaland interest and prioritise two other transfers

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Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest in Erling Haaland
Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest in Erling Haaland (Getty)

Manchester United have ‘cooled’ their interest in Erling Haaland and are prioritising deals for a new right winger and a new central defender, according to reports.

Haaland is expected to be one of the most in-demand players during the summer transfer window with Real Madrid and Barcelona already holding talks to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen on the Norway international, while United have reignited their interest having come close to signing the forward in December 2019.

However, The Athletic reports that United have eased off in their pursuit of Haaland ahead of the summer window as they look to focus on strengthening other areas of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

The report claims that United are instead looking at signing a new right winger, as well as a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire.

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United had prioritised a deal to sign Jadon Sancho last summer, but they were unable to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga club were demanding in excess of £100 million for the England international.

Erling Haaland has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe
Erling Haaland has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe (AP)

Speaking about a potential move for Haaland, Solskjaer said last week: ‘Even though I worked with Erling it’s not right for me as Man United manager to talk about him.

‘I can talk about being an ex-coach of his, but he will make his own mind up.

‘I think the way the world works at the moment, you’d like to do all your business on the quiet and all your talks on the quiet, but there are platforms everywhere, there’s news, the media make that more difficult now.

‘We conduct our recruitment, our scouting, and the players that we are interested in, we do it the right way I hope and feel.

‘Who we’re interested in, who we can go for and who we will go for, I’m not going to comment on that.’

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