Manchester United are ‘ready to pay’ £68million for Erling Haaland, but will face fierce competition from a pair of other suitors.
Haaland’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in 2023, but a release clause of £68million comes into effect this summer.
It was reported last week that United were the ‘only serious bidder’ for Haaland, given various circumstances meaning other parties have dropped out of the running.
United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick is said to have spoken with Erling’s father, Alf-Inge, over a move to Old Trafford.
Whether those talks have indeed taken place or not, SportBild (via Sport Witness) claim the Red Devils are ‘ready to pay’ the fee required for Haaland.
However, despite previous reports to the contrary, United will not have a free run at the 21-year-old.
The report states that both Manchester City and Real Madrid are ‘willing to invest’.
City’s desire is perhaps greater and more realistic given Madrid’s frequent links to Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe – the La Liga side are unlikely to have the wherewithal to sign Haaland and Mbappe.
Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, is set to hold firm talks with Dortmund next month to discuss the player’s future, at which point the touting of his client will likely ramp up even further.
Liverpool have also been linked with Haaland in recent days and former United defender Rio Ferdinand explained why the striker would be well suited to life under Jurgen Klopp, rather than Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
“I think he suits other teams better [than Man City],” Ferdinand told BT Sport on Wednesday. “If I was Liverpool I would take him right now.
“If he goes to Liverpool that’s a devastating front three. I don’t think it’s as hard for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool. It’s a different system.
“You see Jack Grealish has gone to Man City, [he is a] top player, brilliant player, we all love watching him, but it’s quite hard to adapt and get into that team.
“Not many players go there and adapt immediately.”
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