Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clears key obstacle in Man Utd’s Haaland chase

Date published: Sunday 22nd December 2019 10:05

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he has “no issues” dealing with the likes of controversial agent Mino Raiola, who represents RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland.

United have been heavily linked in recent weeks with a move for Haaland, who has announced himself in excellent style with 28 goals in 22 games this season, including eight in six in the Champions League.

Indeed, Solskjaer was forced to play down reports that Haaland flew into Manchester on Friday, claims which surfaced from a Norwegian newspaper earlier this week.

Previous reports, meanwhile, have suggested that super-agent Raiola is demanding a £12m fee should Haaland complete a move to Old Trafford, the Dutchman previously scooping £41m from Paul Pogba’s move back there.

That is said to have made any potential deal more complex, but speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Solskjaer has now suggested that he would be willing to work with Raiola and get a deal for Haaland over the line.

“Players can choose their own representatives,” the manager said. “I had probably my best friend looking after me and it is so important that every player has complete 100 per cent trust in whoever represents them.

“Agents work for the player. The player is in charge. I don’t have any issues about who represents players because I don’t really speak to them. I have got nothing to do with the money.

“I speak to the players when I need to speak to them. I don’t talk through agents.”

Elsewhere, Raiola has spoken about how he thinks United are more concerned about money than football.

 

 

He told The Telegraph: “In truth I look at Manchester United and think that they have more an American mentality than a European one.

“By that I mean that sometimes it seems the club is more concerned about the economic part than the sports part and that is a very American way of thinking.

“They need someone to connect the economic side and the sports side.”

 

 

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