Man Utd will have to work hard to get a major deal over the line in 2022 due to recent developments.
The Red Devils had a successful summer transfer window, bringing in three big names. Long-term target Jadon Sancho was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.
Raphael Varane soon followed him to Old Trafford. The World Cup winner joined in a deal reported to be worth £41m.
The biggest transfer involved Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo. Man Utd snapped him up from Juventus for £19.8m.
Club officials are already looking ahead to next year as they eye major trophies.
One man regularly linked with Man Utd is Dortmund goalscorer Erling Haaland. The Norway international, 21, has already notched 11 goals in just eight appearances this term.
Haaland wants to link up with Sancho again at the Theatre of Dreams, reports claim.
But Spanish outlet AS (via Mirror) write that his current club are holding firm. They have rejected the notion of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ which would allow Haaland to move on next summer.
They are keen to keep the striker as he is vital to their success in Germany and in Europe.
However, it will be tough to stop him from securing a major move. Man Utd will rival Man City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for his signature.
A transfer is made more likely by the apparent release clause which forms part of Haaland’s contract.
It stands at £68m and would allow the player to decide his next destination based on salary, rather than the highest bidder.
Haaland looks set to take over from the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player. He was named as the Bundesliga Player of the Season in 2020-21.
He is also the fastest man to reach 20 Champions League goals, having done so in just 14 appearances.
Tuanzebe hoping for Man Utd exit
Man Utd centre-back Axel Tuanzebe is keen to leave Old Trafford soon, according to reports.
The Englishman fell down the pecking order this summer thanks to Varane’s arrival.
He was loaned out to Aston Villa to gain more game time. Birmingham Mail write that Tuanzebe is enjoying his time in the West Midlands.
Sources claim he has ‘found his smile’ under Dean Smith. The defender will attempt to engineer a permanent switch once his loan has finished.