• Man Utd chief Ed Woodward sent back to drawing board as Erling Haaland agrees terms
  • Man Utd chief Ed Woodward sent back to drawing board as Erling Haaland agrees terms
    Manchester United have suffered a major blow in their hunt for Erling Braut Haaland as the youngster is reportedly edging closer to completing his move to Juventus. It means Ed Woodward must go back to the drawing board to begin negotiations on other targets.
    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer openly spoke of his admiration for Haaland, who he managed at Molde.
    The 19-year-old has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg this season which attracted interest from all of Europe’s biggest clubs.
    However, it came to light earlier this week that the Leeds-born teenager had decided to join Juventus.
    And Italian publication Tuttosport have a story on their front page today claiming Haaland has verbally agreed personal terms on a £6.8million-a-year deal (€8m).
    It is claimed the attacker has a £25.5m (€30m) release clause in his current contract - which four clubs met.
    United and Juventus were battling against Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig for the attacker’s signature.
    But it seems to lure of plying his trade alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala proved too good an opportunity to turn down.
    United chief Woodward will have lost crucial time chasing the striker and he now has just five days until the transfer window reopens.
    It is unclear how much game time Haaland will get when he swaps Austria for Italy.
    And ESPN's Gab Marcotti has warned the youngster to be wary of choosing the correct club.
    "Personally I'm not sure why he needs to move in January necessarily," said Marcotti,” he told ESPN FC.
    "He's got a whole range of teams [interested]. There's obviously Lepizig, who have the same sponsor as Salzburg, his current club. There's Borussia Dortmund, there's Manchester United.
    "We saw him signing a Manchester United shirt recently in a clip that went viral.
    "There's even Leeds United, his Dad's old club, who could be coming up to the Premier League next season.
    "Every indication from his camp is that he's in no rush, but he certainly wants that next step in his career, and maybe he's ready to move now or in the summer."
    United will have to search for alternatives and they have been linked with Napoli star Dries Mertens in recent weeks.
    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is also a viable option.
    As is Bruno Fernandes, who was their biggest transfer target in the summer transfer window.

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