Manchester United’s failed pursuit of Erling Braut Haaland came partly down to agent Mino Raiola’s insistence that a release clause of more than £40m be inserted into the striker’s new contract, according to a report.
After months of speculation linking the former RB Salzburg striker with a move to Old Trafford, Borussia Dortmund announced the capture of the 19-year-old on Sunday in one of the signings of the season.
The Norwegian has been in blistering form this season, having scored 28 goals in 22 games – including five hat-tricks – and has declared that he had little doubt that moving to the Bundesliga was the right career choice.
However, Sunday’s announcement follows reports that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in lengthy discussions about signing Haaland, including when he travelled to Austria to meet the player’s family.
A report from The Times has now shed light on the negotiations between United and Salzburg, indicating that Raiola had a key influence on the player’s future.
The newspaper says that Raiola wanted to put a release clause worth more than €50m (£42.7m) into Haaland’s Old Trafford contract.
What’s more, Dortmund have agreed to allow the player’s father – Alf-Inge Haaland – to earn a cut from his son’s next transfer, which United refused to accept.
The Times adds that Raiola has a history of frustrating United with his work, including during the summer when the agent claimed he was in the process of organising Paul Pogba’s exit from the club.
Elsewhere, another report from The Independent has claimed that United offered the best package to Haaland of any of the interested clubs, which included RB Leipzig and Juventus.
However, Haaland opted for Dortmund due to the German top flight being the best league for him to continue his development.
Monday’s newspapers have said that with United missing out on Haaland, they are now prepared to zone in on Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
The England international has reportedly been on the Red Devils’ radar for some time and the club are now ready to go all out to sign him.
Sancho has scored 12 goals and assisted 13 others in 24 appearances so far this term.