Serie A powerhouse Napoli have pulled out of the race to sign goalscoring sensation Erling Braut Haaland, with the Italian team ‘expect[ing] Man Utd to complete the signing of RB Salzburg wonderkid Erling Haaland in January.’
Problems in front of goal have characterised Man Utd’s early season struggles in the current campaign, with the Red Devils notching just 13 league goals from their 10 matches.
Finding the back of the net has become second nature to Leeds-born Haaland, with the Norway international having racked up an incredible 21 goals from his 14 appearances across all competitions this season.
Of those 21, six have come in the tougher environment of the Champions League, and it is this pedigree that has jettisoned the 19-year-old to the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wishlist.
Now, a report from Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport (as translated by the Daily Mail) has revealed that Napoli have withdrawn their interest in the youngster due to ‘believing they don’t have the financial might to compete with United.’
A further factor that may aid the Red Devils in their quest to capture Haaland is manager Solskjaer’s familiarity with the player, having managed the hitman during his time as Molde boss.
Napoli scout Loris Boni is quoted in the piece, stating: ‘Definitely in a great club. Salzburg, an excellent team, can only be a springboard for someone like him.
‘If, then, his compatriot Solskjaer remains as coach at Manchester United, I think he can go there.
‘Solskjaer was also the one who gave him his debut at Molde, as he coached the club at the time.’
Haaland’s age and lofty potential would seem to be the perfect fit for Solskjaer and Utd chief Ed Woodward, with the duo making a concerted effort to buy younger in the last transfer window.