United-target Haaland opts for Dortmund
One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's leading January targets, Erling Haaland, yesterday joined Borussia Dortmund from Salzburg.
The Norway striker signed a contract that ties him to the Bundesliga club until June 2024.
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The 19-year-old was a principal target for Solskjaer but Manchester United are understood to have been unwilling to meet conditions of a proposed deal in addition to triggering the €20 million buy-out clause in his contract.
It is believed that Mino Raiola, Haaland's agent, and the player's father, Alfe Inge Haaland, the former Manchester City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest midfielder, stand to benefit from a percentage of any future sale under the terms of a buy-out clause, conditions United were unwilling to accept.
It is understood United were concerned that would have meant ceding some control of any potential sell-on to Haaland's representatives, which paved the way for Dortmund.
Solskjaer flew to Salzburg to meet with Haaland earlier this month, but the player, who worked under the United manager for 18 months at Molde, has decided his interests will be best served by a move to Germany.
The news will force Solskjaer to look at alternative targets. He also wants two midfielders.
Haaland, who has scored 28 goals in 22 games for Salzburg this season, is due to meet his new team-mates on Jan 3. His arrival could trigger the departure of Jadon Sancho (19) who joined from Manchester City in 2017. (© Daily Telegraph, London)