Haaland laughs off ‘comical’ element of botched Man Utd transfer

Date published: Thursday 13th February 2020 8:39 - Steve Pearson

Erling Haaland Dortmund.TEAMtalk

Erling Braut Haaland has shrugged off one of the reasons put forward as to why his potential transfer to Man Utd fell through, describing it as “comical.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s search for attacking reinforcements in January initially began with Haaland, with the ex-RB Salzburg man becoming Europe’s hottest property after netting 28 times in 22 games for the Austrian side.

The fascinating transfer saga pulled this way and that, with reports surfacing each day that a move was nearing, only for Borussia Dortmund to sweep in just days before the window closed.

The 19-year-old’s sensational form has continued despite the step up in level, notching seven times in his first four appearances for his new club.

Many reasons were touted as to why Man Utd failed to secure the Leeds-born man’s signature, with super agent Mino Raiola giving us his unique take.

The popular theory, however, was that Ed Woodward and co. were unwilling to meet the player’s eye-watering wage demands.

Now, the player himself has spoken out about the Red Devils’ advances and revealed the true reason why he chose Dortmund over Manchester.

Speaking in an interview with Viasport (via Goal.com), the Norway international said: “Ole has been very important for me in getting to where I am today, but we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me.


“That was where I felt best about, and therefore it became Dortmund.”

When quizzed on the idea that his lofty wage demands were a hurdle that could not be overcome, Haaland rubbished the thought.

“No, it’s the guys writing would have to speak to that.

“They’ll have to explain it to me if they meet me. It’s not my focus, whatsoever.

“It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am.”


Haaland’s agent – Mino Raiola – has an unsteady relationship with Utd owing to the continued speculation surrounding superstar midfielder Paul Pogba’s exit.

The super-agent is number one in Haaland’s eyes, however, stating: “He’s the best in the world at what he does, as simple as that. He’s the best agent.

“He gets a lot of negativity, and that’s probably because he’s doing such a great job for those he’s working for. He has helped a lot and he’s a good guy to have around.”

Meanwhile, outspoken pundit Jamie Carragher has revealed why a mega money move from either Utd or bitter rivals Liverpool for Jadon Sancho is a ‘no brainer’.


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