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Manchester United might have new plan for Erling Haaland

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The summer window has only been closed for three weeks but it hasn’t stopped the perpetual motion of Manchester United transfer talk from circulating.

As the biggest club in world football the incessant gossip and rumours come with the territory and the knowledge that every breakout star will almost immediately be linked with a move to the Theatre of their Dreams.

Yet some of the transfer talk is valid and it is no surprise to see Erling Haaland yet again linked with a move to United after a blistering start to the season over in Germany.

Many questioned whether or not the 20-year-old would be able to maintain his incredible scoring record at Borussia Dortmund when he moved from RB Salzburg in the January window, but already this campaign he has seven goals and three assists in just eight club appearances.

Haaland is proving his talents to be that of a genuine world-class player rather than just a flash in the pan so it is only natural for United to still be interested in a player who rejected them at the start of the year.

Club scouts watched Haaland and were keen on a move, though the fact Haaland is represented by controversial super-agent Mino Raiola, plus a number of proposed add-ons, led to the proposed deal falling apart.

There was also concern from the youngster’s point of view. Although he is a fond admirer of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he knew it would be a big risk moving to United to work under a coach who didn’t necessarily have guaranteed job security at Old Trafford.

“You never know how it would go in other clubs,” Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, said of Erling’s former Molde coach. “You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach. I think that’s the most important thing, in addition to how the club has been over the last five or ten years and what direction they’ve taken.

“Because it’s dangerous to just sign for a coach, because he can suddenly be sacked.”

If Solskjaer is still in charge at United by the next summer transfer window then Haaland might very well have the confidence required to take a risk and join a team who failed to convince him of a winter move.

United’s summer business is geared up towards a possible transfer, too. Missing out on Jadon Sancho was a huge shame, but means the club should have less issues financing a move for Haaland when the opportunity arises.

Part of the issue which saw Haaland move to Dortmund was that United had no interest including a release clause into any deal for the 20-year-old. The German club didn’t mind however, with the striker believed to possess a £68m release clause which can be triggered in the summer of 2022.

In the meantime United moved to sign Odion Ighalo and now Edinson Cavani as short-term fixes and they could also hold the key behind any potential move for Haaland in the future.

Signed on an initial one-year deal Cavani looks like a wise temporary boost to the club’s attacking line, albeit at the expense of the ongoing cultural reset, with United able to trigger a second-year if they so wish next summer. It means that if a deal for Haaland is on the cards in a year’s time they can bid farewell to the Uruguayan at no great expense, while there is still the option to extend it if the 2022 release clause proves to be a more viable option.

United also have a year to decide if signing a new centre-forward should be near the top of their priority list. The continued development of Mason Greenwood could yet convince club hierarchy to distant themselves from strengthening upfront with other areas of the pitch perhaps in need of more urgent repairs.

Then there is the elephant in the room, Solskjaer. If he isn’t in charge by the end of the season then Alf-Inge’s concerns will have been justified and there is no guarantee a potential replacement would view Haaland in the same bracket as his former coach. On the other hand, if the Norwegian is still in charge it might very well hold the key in convincing such an exciting young talent to take a risk on an Old Trafford move.

With every goal he scores the calls to sign Haaland will only increase, but for now all United can do is watch on and wait.

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