Raiola omits United from list of potential destinations for Haaland

Mino Raiola has omitted Manchester United from list of potential destinations for his client Erling Haaland.

United’s reported interest in the striker dates back to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign and Haaland has a good relationship with his fellow countryman.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick also knows Haaland well from their time together at RB Salzburg.

United have two veteran strikers in Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani and a longer term solution is needed at some point.

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But as per German outlet Sport, Raiola has reeled off a list of potential suitors for Haaland, who is expected to move in the summer.

Raiola said of Haaland: “He will take the next step. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City – these are the big clubs he can go to.

“City has won the championship five times in recent years, significantly more than United.

“We all knew, including Borussia Dortmund, that the time will come. When? Maybe this summer, maybe next. But there is a big chance he‘ll leave this summer.“

Raiola’s relationship with United has been rocky, most notably over the future of Paul Pogba, whose contract expires in the summer.

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He dropped a bombshell about Pogba wanting to leave on the eve of United’s huge Champions League clash with RB Leipzig last December.

Raiola has also reportedly offered Pogba to Liverpool, and his involvement with Haaland has always been a red flag and a potential stumbling block to United signing him.

Sport have previously claimed that any potential suitor – including United – would need to pay a release clause of up to 90 million (£76.6 million).

Raiola refused to comment on that in the interview, but said that dialogue with Dortmund over Haaland’s future has always been open.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.