Man United have nudged ahead in the race to join Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Braut Haaland after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer directed the club to join his teenage compatriot.
The 19-year-old Norwegian forward – who played under Solskjaer at Molde – has been in electric form this campaign, netting 26 goals in 18 matches in all competitions, and is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously been coy when questioned about interest in Haaland, but Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet report that he desires to push ahead with a transfer for the teenager.
The Red Devils manager has already put forward Haaland’s name as a critical target, outlining how much the club should be made to pay, and United bosses are putting the wheels in motion for an offer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaeris keen to bring in attacking reinforcements in the winter, having been left a little short up front after Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were allowed to sign Inter Milan without any replacements being approved.
Though, any move for Haaland will likely have to wait until the summer, with the starlet happy and settled at Salzburg and targeting silverware in several competitions.
Haaland also recognises that his best opportunity to adapt quickly to the Premier League will come after a full pre-season rather than mid-way through the season.
Although his father, Alf-Inge, played for Manchester City, Haaland – who recently left a Facebook fan group for the club – would still be very keen on a reunion with Solskjaer at Old Trafford, having spoken highly of him in the past.
‘He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer,’ he told TV2 recently. ‘He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot.’
Haaland has netted a remarkable five hat-tricks this campaign and proven he can cut it at Champions League level, scoring in each of his four matches in Europe – including at Anfield in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool.