As recently reported by the Mirror, Manchester United continue to be linked with Erling Haaland.
When the player’s own father is praising United’s history, you know headlines will follow. Yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be wary about rejoining a battle for the player in January or beyond.
There is no doubting Haaland’s quality. In time he could become the best striker in world football. But, as good as he would make United, it could come at a hefty price.
After all, here is a player who was chased by United in 2019 only to lose out as they were unwilling to put a release-clause in his contract.
Even then, it seemed Haaland – or perhaps his agent – had half an eye on an exit before he had even arrived. Why else would you ask for a set price to prompt a possible departure?
That is not the kind of player United want at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s love for Haaland is no secret. The United boss handed the Norwegian his senior debut in their homeland and a reunion seemed only a matter of time.
With United signing a stop-gap forward in the form of Edinson Cavani, the rumours about Haaland will not go away. Yet that is half the problem.
If the 20-year-old did sign for United, talk about his next club would be rife, with two Spanish giants surely gearing up for a move of their own further down the line.
Haaland could cut out the middle man and head straight to La Liga when he leaves Borussia Dortmund. But Spain is surely his long-term destination either way.
A stepping stone
United could welcome a new goal-scoring hero to England if they did sign Haaland. Yet he would not come cheap and he may not stick around for too long.
After all, he has only been in Germany for a year, with the words ‘stepping stone’ coming to mind. That comes after a single season with Red Bull Salzburg despite signing a five-year contract.
United should instead look for a striker whose representatives don’t ask for release-clauses; one who sees United as a place to call home for the next decade.
With Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all there already, one more could complete a spectacular set.