Man Utd ‘consider swap deal to beat Chelsea to Haaland’

Date published: Sunday 25th July 2021 12:54 - Will Ford

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Manchester United are reportedly thinking of using Anthony Martial in a swap deal to beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

Chelsea are said to have made a £130million offer for Haaland, but Dortmund have consistently stated he’s not for sale.

United have secured the signings of Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton from Dortmund and Aston Villa respectively, and are thought to be close to agreeing a deal for Raphael Varane.


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And according to Mundo Deportivo, United are also looking to battle Chelsea for Haaland; they’re willing to use Martial as bait to land the 21-year-old.

Dortmund were thought to be keen on signing Martial back in 2017 when Jose Mourinho was looking to offload him, but Joel Glazer refused any bids.

The Frenchman may find his game time reduced this season following the signing of Jadon Sancho, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted the player would be part of his squad when speaking after their 4-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking about Jadon Sancho, he namedropped the forward when listing his attacking options.

“It shows the fans that we mean business,” he said.

“We hope that we’ve got one of the best forwards in England for the next 10, 12 years. We’ve got Marcus – 23, we’ve got Mason who is a young lad. So we have got an English core there and then we’ve got the added experience with Edinson, Anthony, Bruno, Jesse is coming back.

“So I think the forward line is looking really good.”

In April, Paul Scholes urged United to sign Haaland over Harry Kane.

“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said.

“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.

“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.

“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.

“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.

“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.

“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.

“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”

 

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