Manchester United make Erling Haaland transfer ‘a priority next summer’ – even after Ronaldo signing
Not done yet! Manchester United are making signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland ‘a PRIORITY next summer’… despite their massive £385,000 a week to bring 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo back
- Manchester United bolstered their attack by re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo
- That move will reportedly not affect any future deal for Erling Haaland
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with the young striker while he was Molde boss
- Haaland has stayed with Borussia Dortmund but has a severance clause next summer
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United will reportedly not affect the Old Trafford side’s ‘priority’ hunt for Erling Haaland next summer.
Haaland is one of the most sought after players in world football and has interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as United.
ESPN Report that the £19.8m move for Ronaldo, along with his two-year contract of £385,000 a week at the club, will not have any impact on Haaland’s pursuit.
Manchester United reportedly still consider Erling Haaland a ‘priority’ next summer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (left) have parted ways with big money to get Cristiano Ronaldo (right)
The Norwegian striker, who is led by Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, sees a €75 million waiver clause become active in his contract at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Ronaldo is by far the biggest earner in the Manchester United dressing room and with Haaland, who has three years left on his current contract, being such a sought after player, he would be able to demand huge personal terms from his next club.
Ronaldo adds to United’s many attacking options – including Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani – but the report says his arrival ‘has not changed’ the long-term plan to sign Haaland.
Reportedly, Ronaldo’s return now doesn’t mean the hunt for Haaland is over
The young Borussia Dortmund striker (left) is one of the most in-demand players in the world
United chased Haaland before joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meeting a player he worked with as boss at Norway’s Molde.
Despite that deal not working, it is reported that Solskjaer’s relationship with the striker remains unaffected.
Haaland is known to be a huge fan of Ronaldo and United could use the opportunity for him to work alongside an idol as part of their field.
Many attackers are expected to be aggressively chased next summer. Kylian Mbappe’s contract expires with Paris Saint-Germain, Harry Kane has another year in his Tottenham deal amid interest from Manchester City and Bayern Munich looking at life after Robert Lewandowski.
But in a boost for United and other potential candidates outside of Germany, it looks like Bayern won’t be Haaland’s next landing spot.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (left) thinks 22-year-old ‘will be hard to keep in Germany’
Former Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted his former club is powerless to stop Haaland from looking for a new challenge abroad as his time at Borussia Dortmund draws to a close.
The Bundesliga champions are strongly linked to Haaland and have a history of wooing Dortmund’s best players, but the former Allianz Arena chief believes the young talent’s future lies outside of Germany.
“He has become an absolute figurehead in the league,” he said Sports photo.
“But I’m afraid he won’t stay in the Bundesliga. The figures circulating show that it is difficult to keep him in Germany. I assume his future lies abroad.’
Haaland was a revelation in Germany with a whopping 63 goals in 64 appearances. He also provided 18 assists and won the German Cup last season.
Ronaldo adds competition for youngsters like Mason Greenwood (left) and Jadon Sancho (right)