Journalist predicts player dispute which may help Man Utd transfer plan

Date published: Monday 4th October 2021 3:49 - James Holland

Erling Haaland Dortmund

Journalist Jan Age Fjortoft has predicted a clash between two stars which could play into the hands of Man Utd.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of top players ahead of next summer’s transfer window. Potential signings include AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier.

They have also set their sights on England international Kalvin Phillips. Man Utd officials view the 25-year-old as a potential upgrade for Fred in the centre of the park.

Despite those links, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is thought to be their top priority.

The Norwegian has become one of the best goalscorers in the world over the past few years. He is already on 11 for the current campaign after just eight appearances.

Reports suggest that his £68m release clause will activate in the summer of 2022. That would give Man Utd the chance to sign a top player for well below his transfer value.

Haaland’s situation is also being monitored by German titans Bayern Munich. They supposedly view the 21-year-old as Robert Lewandowski’s long-term successor, in a similar way to Man Utd and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Fjortoft believes Bayern may have to deal with some in-house clashes if they bring Haaland in.

The journalist said (via Express): “Haaland is not looking for the money because he never has.

“If he goes to Bayern, it is a luxury problem. And Lewandowski will be angry. That sounds difficult.”

The potential dispute could give Man Utd the edge in the transfer race. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also close to Haaland and his family.

The pair worked together at Molde between February 2017 and October 2018.

Haaland is regularly asked about a big-money move away from Dortmund. He said in July: “I don’t really have much to say about this. I have three years left on my contract, and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund). Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.”

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The Uruguay hitman arrived at Old Trafford in October 2020 to great fanfare. He managed ten goals in 26 league matches, despite suffering from numerous injuries.

But the veteran has now fallen down the pecking order due to Ronaldo’s return.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo write that Cavani is open to joining Real Madrid. Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is expected to green light a bid in January.

Cavani played 57 minutes at the weekend as Man Utd were held by Everton. Andros Townsend cancelled out Anthony Martial’s goal following a swift counter-attack.

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