Manchester United are reportedly set to pull out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, as they are reluctant to enter a protracted transfer saga this summer.
The Norwegian international is one of the most sought-after footballers in Europe and has been heavily linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
However, according to The Athletic, United will quickly assess whether Haaland is a financially viable option and are to exit the race for his signature should they decide he will prove too expensive, rather than haggling for a lower offer.
This comes after a 10-week period of negotiation in their bid to sign Haaland's teammate Jadon Sancho last summer, which saw the winger stay put in Germany.
Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge Haaland have already held talks with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Manchester City and Chelsea are also believed to be interested in the striker.
The 20-year-old has made 34 appearances in all competitions for the German club so far this campaign, scoring a remarkable 33 goals and providing 10 assists.