Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that he is watching Erling Haaland’s development and has not ruled out the Borussia Dortmund star making a pass.
Haaland has grown into one of world football’s most prolific strikers, scoring 38 goals in just 40 Dortmund appearances since joining Red Bull Salzburg a little over a year ago.
Like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been affiliated with the international Leeds-born Norway, but Manchester United still seems to have more than a passing interest.
Solskjaer knows all about the talents of Haaland, having handled his compatriot at the Norwegian club, Molde, when he was a teenager.
“Solskjaer told Norwegian outlet VG when asked if that previous relationship could help smooth the path to Old Trafford: “Erling would have a great career. I’m following Erling. I’ve always said that. I’ve always said that.
Was it like we had 18 months together or something? Nearly two years, maybe. A marvelous moment. For both Norway and his club, he will certainly have a great career.
For Dortmund, he’s doing extremely well, so we’ll see where he ends up. It’s fun, of course, as a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, to do so well.
“We’re going to do what we can to become a better team, then he’s going to do what he can to become a better player. Where does he end up? I don’t want to say anything other than that, that I want all the best for him. It may be up to him what choice he makes.”
Borussia Dortmund experienced a tough Bundesliga season and sacked coach Lucien Favre following a 5-1 loss in December to newly-promoted Stuttgart.
Up to the end of the season, Favre’s assistant Edin Terzic was named as an interim replacement, but he faces a real challenge to lift the side back to the Champions League positions, with the club currently sixth in the table.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League could force some of their main assets, including Haaland, to cash in on the club.
The international Norwegian has a contract through 2024, but it has been confirmed that a release clause of EUR 75 million (£ 67 million/$ 92 million) was included in the agreement that is due to become operational in the summer of 2022.
That could spark a scramble among some of Europe’s biggest sides for his services – with United expected to be among them.