Erling Haaland’s sensational form continues to mark him out as an elite talent.
Manchester United are strongly interested with Norwegian outlet Dagbladet reporting this week that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club he wants to sign the prolific striker.
Solskjaer coached Haaland at Molde which gives United a leg up on rivals for the wonderkid’s signature.
Haaland has scored 26 goals in 18 club matches this season including six hat-tricks. He already has seven Champions League goals in just four games.
Marcus Rashford for instance by comparison has five Champions League goals in 18 career games.
Haaland won’t come cheap with The Mirror reporting he could cost as much as 100 million Euros (£86m).
One way for United to potentially lower the fee is to work more closely with Haaland’s club Red Bull Salzburg.
Salzburg are one of Europe’s top clubs when it comes to identifying and giving chances to young talent.
There are a few young players at Manchester United who could really benefit from being sent to Salzburg on loan to aid their development.
If they were to sign new deals, both Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong could benefit from 18 month loan moves to Salzburg.
They could get regular playing time in the Austrian top flight and also the chance to play Champions League football.
This would help United out too, as at present we can’t offer either player the regular time they need. They would return to United as better players, ready to star in the first team.
Putting a potential deal for Haaland on the table in January should make United open to loaning Mason Greenwood to Salzburg until the end of this current season.
Greenwood is yet to start a Premier League game this season and despite impressing in his appearances, he needs more than he is getting, especially if chances decrease with Haaland’s arrival.
Loaning him out to Salzburg will give him a boost and could help smooth a possible deal for Haaland at the same time.
There are other players who could benefit from a loan to Salzburg, like talented under-23 midfielder Arnau Puigmal, or midfielder Dylan Levitt, already a Wales international.
These are moves which could benefit United and Salzburg and the players.
While they would not knock off a substantial part of the fee, they could help decrease it slightly, give United an extra edge, and leave everybody concerned as winners.
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