Dortmund star Erling Haaland says it's flattering to be linked with
other clubs but he remains focused on his job at the Bundesliga outfit.
Haaland exploded onto the scene in September with a hat-trick on his
Champions League debut for RB Salzburg, the Norwegian going on to score
28 goals before the turn of the year for the Austrian side.
Such form peaked United's interest and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side
were heavily linked with a move for the striker, who turns 20 in July.
However, Dortmund beat the Red Devils to Haaland's signature, his
father revealing that the fact that the "whole" of Dortmund wanted his
son swayed the decision in the Bundesliga giants’ favour.
But recently talk has emerged that a clause in Haaland's deal will
allow the striker to leave the Westfalenstadion for a bargain £63 million fee
this summer, fueling suggestions that United and Real could launch
sensational bids to sign him.
Speaking to ESPN FC, though, journalist Rob Dawson outlined that
United will still have hope of signing Haaland if they can meet the
striker's release clause.
"The interesting thing about that deal [with Dortmund], though, is
that his representatives made sure there was a release clause in that
deal, which means that if a team were to meet that in the summer, he
would have the freedom to go and talk to them," Dawson said.
"Real Madrid are interested, they've got goalscoring issues that they think Haaland might be able to solve.
"But United's interest hasn't gone away. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows
him very well from their time together at Molde, he knows his father
very well - he used to play for Leeds.
"So if a situation arose where Haaland wanted to leave Dortmund in
the summer, United would be very much interested still even though he
turned them down in January."
However, the striker has moved to rubbish speculation that he could
leave the Bundesliga side so soon, telling FourFourTwo about speculation
he could leave: "I don't talk about that; I can talk about me and my
"It's always nice when clubs are interested. It means you've done something right."
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