Manchester United ‘offered THREE TIMES Erling Haaland’s £17m release clause’ to convince him to move from Salzburg in January… only for him to pick Borussia Dortmund instead
- Manchester United went to desperate lengths to try to sign Erling Haaland
- United offered Salzburg three times his release clause in bid to convince him
- Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund and already has 12 goals in eight games
Manchester United reportedly offered three times Erling Haaland’s release clause in a desperate bid to convince him to join the club in January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had worked with the teenage sensation during his time at Molde, made the striker a priority signing in the winter window and even flew out to Salzburg to hold meetings with the player about a possible move.
Haaland told United he had his heart set on joining only to change his mind at the last minute to instead sign for Borussia Dortmund in a £17million deal.
Man United offered £33m over Erling Haaland’s release clause in desperate bid to sign him
Sportbild now claim that United put forward a package in the region of £50m in an attempt to persuade Red Bull Salzburg to push the player towards Old Trafford.
ERLING HAALAND’S INCREDIBLE STATS THIS SEASON
Red Bull Salzburg
TOTAL: Games 30, Goals 40, Assists 8
Haaland, who has since made a blistering start to his Dortmund career, scoring 12 times in his first eight appearances for the club, was available for just £17m due to his release clause.
However, United were willing to pay through the nose and above market value to sign Haaland, who had been one of Europe’s most sought-after talents.
Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said that United were ‘very interested’ but failed to reveal explicit details of their offer.
As Sportsmail revealed last month, United attempted to bypass agent Mino Raiola and strike a deal with the forward’s father, former Leeds midfielder Alf Inge Haaland, who also represents his son.
However, United were forced to pull out of the race after failing to meet Raiola and Haaland Snr’s demands with both wanting a significant share of the future sales value, meaning they would control his next transfer – something the club were reticent to sanction.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Haaland a priority signing for United in January transfer window
United pulled out of race to sign Haaland due to demands from his agent Mino Raiola (above)
Raiola, who also represents Paul Pogba and appears to have a strained relationship with United, hit out at the club after they failed to sign his client Haaland.
‘I do not know if Manchester United are briefing this but if they are then they are covering their own loss and that I find strange and disappointing,’ Raiola told The Telegraph back in December.
‘There was no fall-out between me and (United executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward. It was just a normal negotiation and the player has chosen a different path. If they want to blame someone then, fine, blame me but the player is happy. He has made his choice and we went through a normal process.’
Sportbild’s report added that Haaland would have not joined Dortmund if he made a decision based on financial factors.
The Norway international was sold by the project Dortmund offered, which he felt no other interested club could rival.
The striker joined Dortmund instead and has made a blistering start to life in Germany
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