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Sporting Director Responds After United Are Linked With Summer Swoop For £51.8m Rated Striker

Sporting Director Responds After United Are Linked With Summer Swoop For £51.8m Rated Striker

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has refuted claims that any club have approached them about signing striker Erling Braut Haaland.

Reports at the end of last week claimed that Manchester United, Manchester City Arsenal and Chelsea were among 20 clubs interested in signing the Norwegian international. However, Freund dismissed the speculation:

“So much nonsense is written in the last few weeks. What I’ve already read makes me laugh. I have not spoken to any club so far. I can also say there’s currently no offer for the winter [transfer]. The next step will come, because Erling will be unstoppable.”


Haaland is said to be valued at around €60m (£51.8m) by Salzburg and the Austrian side are said to be prepared to sell the forward in the summer for a huge profit on the €9m they paid Molde for the player last January.

The teenager worked under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he was Molde’s manager and the striker has been heavily linked with a reunion with his former boss at Old Trafford.

From Freund’s remarks, though, it seems that United may need to wait until the end of the season to secure a deal for Haaland. However, with the Manchester club currently struggling in front of goal, they may still try their luck when the transfer window reopens in January.