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Mino Raiola 'blocked Erling Braut Haaland from joining Manchester United'

Raiola 'blocked Haaland from joining Man United'
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Mino Raiola steered Erling Braut Haaland away from joining Manchester United, claims Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Mino Raiola steered Erling Braut Haaland away from joining Manchester United in January 2020, according to Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Man United were strongly linked with the Norwegian during his time at Red Bull Salzburg, but the striker ultimately joined Dortmund from the Austrian club.

The 21-year-old has scored 70 goals in 69 appearances for BVB in all competitions, and a number of clubs, including the Red Devils, are expected to compete for his signature next summer.

According to Watzke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side made a 'better offer' for Haaland, but his agent Raiola believed that the Norwegian would be "better off" in Germany.

"The offer from Manchester United was better," Watzke told Sport1 . "However Mino Raiola realised that Erling is better off with us.

"People notice that gifted people make a breakthrough with us the quickest. That is a resounding argument for the players, the parents of the players and the advisors. We have no inhibitions about letting 17-year-olds play."

Haaland has scored 13 times in 10 appearances for Dortmund this season but is expected to be on the sidelines until next year due to a hip flexor problem.

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