Manchester United will know by Christmas if they will be able to sign Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, according to reports in Germany.
The Red Devils, who drew 1-1 with Everton on Sunday, were dealt a blow to their chances of signing Haaland last week with Ruhr Nachrichten saying that he had landed in Dortmund with his agent Mino Raiola for talks with Borussia Dortmund over a potential move.
There have also been rumours that the Norwegian could be attainable for a cut-price €20m and not the €100m mentioned elsewhere.
David Ornstein in The Athletic claimed on Monday that United‘s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer ‘travelled to Austria to meet the player’s representatives on Friday’ with the club making ‘efforts’ to secure a deal.
Dortmund seem to be the likelier option with the report adding that Haaland’s ‘probably drawn’ to an ‘intermediate’ stepping stone before pursuing his ‘dream goal’ in the Premier League.