Three reasons why Haaland buy and loan back would be smart United move
Manchester United continue to be linked with Erling Haaland and one report has suggested he could be loaned back to Red Bull Salzburg.
The Mirror report United could sign Haaland this January and then allow him to stay put in Austria until the end of the season.
This comes with a little risk. Why not just get him in and upgrade immediately? What if he gets injured? But it also may be necessary to convince Salzburg into an early sale.
A loan back could be a smart move for everybody. Here is a look at three reasons why…
The biggest advantage to an early deal is that everybody concerned will know where they stand.
United will have an elite talent in the bag, and time which would have been spent negotiating in the summer, can be focused on moving for other targets.
One of the problems this past summer was only negotiating one transfer at once, with each taking around a month to conclude.
United’s current forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will also be on notice to respond and raise their games even further.
This could put United in a strong position if they both react well and want to make a statement ahead of next season.
With Haaland still at Salzburg, they will get plenty of game time and fair chance to build towards personal best goalscoring seasons.
It will also be good for Haaland, who can then just get on with playing football and not worrying about the uncertainty of the summer.
A proper start
Arriving mid-season is always tough for players, especially those asked to swap countries during the campaign.
This way Haaland could arrive for pre-season, get to know his teammates and coaches, and ease his way into United’s starting XI.
If he joins mid-season and can’t quite get with the pace of the league early on, then it could prove to be a big setback.
It almost wouldn’t be fair to judge him right away in this circumstance, but like any United player, he will be scrutinised closely by the media.
So it is best to put the teenage striker in the right situation to succeed.
More time to assess Greenwood
Mason Greenwood could be the player impacted most by Haaland’s arrival.
But he is progressing well, with three first team goals, and is building towards a first Premier League start.
United need to give him the full season to let his development flourish, and that may mean postponing Haaland’s arrival until the summer.
Bringing Haaland in during January could leave Greenwood needing a loan spell to play regularly.
If United keep Haaland out on loan himself, then Greenwood can prove himself worthy of a regular place, and hand Solskjaer a really positive selection dilemma next season.
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