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Manchester United 'still hopeful of £68m Erling Braut Haaland deal in 2022'

Man Utd 'still hopeful of £68m Erling Haaland deal'
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Manchester United are reportedly planning to return for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland in 2022, when his release clause drops to £68m.

Manchester United are reportedly still hopeful of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland when his release clause drops to £68m in 2022.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for Haaland during the January transfer window earlier this year, having seen the prolific frontman net 28 times in just 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had previously managed the youngster at Molde too, making the 20-time champions of England one of the favourites to sign him for just €20m (£18.2m).

However, Haaland instead joined Dortmund, where he has since continued his free-scoring form with 23 goals in his 26 games across all competitions so far.

The Athletic reports that United still retain an interest in the Norway international, but are resigned to waiting until 2022 when a £68m release clause becomes active in his contract.

The inclusion of that release clause is understood to have been one of the main reasons why a switch to Old Trafford collapsed, with United unwilling to agree to those terms whereas Dortmund were prepared to do so.

Man United have the option of extending Edinson Cavani's stay for a further 12 months to take them through to 2022, when they hope to make a move for Haaland.

United have also been credited with an ongoing interest in Haaland's Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho and are lining up a £176m double deal for the duo in the coming windows.


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