Hope restored for Man Utd as Salzburg chief denies key Haaland clause

Date published: Friday 29th November 2019 9:34 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United have been given more hope of landing Erling Braut Haaland, after RB Salzburg’s sporting director denied the existence of a clause allowing RB Leipzig the exclusive right to sign the striker for a cut-price fee.

Haaland, who scored his 27th goal of the season against Genk on Wednesday, has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in January with reports suggesting that the Red Devils were confident of a deal being completed in January.

Another more recent claim from German newspaper Bild, however, reported the existence of a clause in Haaland’s contract which would allow Leipzig to sign the 19-year-old for £27.5m to keep him within the Red Bull brand.

The latest development comes from Kicker, with Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund telling the news outlet that such a clause has not been inserted.

“We would never own any club a right of advance to any player,” the chief said. “That was not the case in the past and will not be the case in the future.”

Haaland is level with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski for goals scored this season, the Polish international taking his tally to 27 on Tuesday with four goals in a 6-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade.

In other United news, Kai Havertz is reportedly “excited by the prospect” of playing at Old Trafford after it was claimed the playmaker had decided he wants to leave Bayer Leverkusen next summer.



Recent claims suggested that representatives from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City had been in contact with the player’s agent but the latest report suggests that United are the one club on Havertz’s mind.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Astana on Thursday in Europa League action and face Aston Villa on Sunday in the Premier League.



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