Manchester United could target three Borussia Dortmund players next to fill their squad next season.
The Norwegian striker is being chased around the globe, with Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid also hot on his heels.
Dortmund’s transfer stance has been clear, despite Mino Raiola’s best efforts to engineer a move away from the Bundesliga club.
CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was adamant that the 20-year-old star wouldn’t leave the club this summer despite Raiola and Haaland senior jetting over for talks at the Camp Nou.
“We don’t have a parallel plan. We will talk to Erling, his father and his agent, Mino Raiola, in peace. After all, we want him to be happy to stay with us and that he will score goals with conviction for BVB next year. There is no alternative plan,” he told DAZN.
However, with the impact of COVID-19 clear across Europe, Watze was less committed on Jadon Sancho, a player Manchester United heavily courted last year.
“If an extraordinary offer comes in for him, we will discuss it with the player and his agent, as always,” Watze said.
“Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.
“Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”
United were particularly keen on Sancho last year but the MEN understands United are prioritising strengthening in other areas of the pitch this year after spending up to £45million on right-wingers in Amad and Facundo Pellistri.
Now, a third star has emerged from Dortmund, in the shape of Jude Bellingham.
The 17-year-old played a starring role for the Black and Yellow despite a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The midfielder was of huge interest to Manchester United but opted to move to Germany to further his development and he has now established himself as a mainstay in their midfield.
With Paul Pogba’s contract running out and his future in the balance, a new creative midfielder, capable of playing in a double pivot could be on the shopping list.
Dortmund’s domestic struggles give United a huge edge in the market. Unless they win the Champions League, Dortmund are on course for Europa League football next term as they currently trail Eintracht Frankfurt by seven points following a 2-1 home defeat last weekend.
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Should Dortmund fail to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition next season, that will only further strengthen United’s bargaining power and a drop in revenue could tempt the Bundesliga club to part with one of their talented stars.