Paper Talk: Barcelona emerge as major rivals to Man Utd for goal machine

Date published: Friday 20th September 2019 8:32

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Barcelona have emerged as major rivals to Man Utd to sign a Norwegian goal machine, while Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton are all keen on a young Tottenham star – all in Friday’s papers.



Barcelona have reportedly joined Manchester United in the chase for Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Braut Haaland.

The 19-year-old looks set to be the subject of a major battle amongst Europe’s elite clubs after firing a stunning Champions League hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 win over Genk this week.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a known admirer of the attacker, having worked with his fellow countryman during their time together at Molde.

The Red Devils are believed to be favourites to sign him, with his dad already giving his blessing for the switch to Old Trafford.

Alf-Inge Haaland – who played for United’s rivals Manchester City – had his knee severely damaged in a horror tackle by Roy Keane in 2001, which ultimately cut short his career as he retired in 2003.

Speaking to TV2, he said: “It would be nice. It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.

“So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious. Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another.

“It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams. There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.”

Over 50 scouts were said to have been in attendance watching him midweek, as he took his tally to an incredible 17 goals already this season.

And according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are one of those teams having sent their top scouts to watch Haaland in action on Tuesday night.


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