Gossip: Man Utd, City can’t wait for £65m Haaland

Date published: Saturday 12th December 2020 8:44 - Will Ford

HAALAND MANC BATTLE
Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to battle over a move for Erling Haaland in the coming months.

The 20-year-old is regarded as Europe’s outstanding young goalscorer having scored 33 goals in just 26 starts since Borussia Dortmund signing him last January. That is one of many ridiculous Haaland statistics.

Manchester City are planning for life without Sergio Aguero, with the Argentine’s contract out at the end of the season and no news of talks over a new deal for the injury-plagued legend.

And United’s admiration of Haaland is well known, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having worked with his fellow countryman at Molde and a reported failed attempt to sign him when he left RB Salzburg for Germany.

Haaland’s release clause – thought to be in the region of £65million – does not kick in until 2022.

But Dortmund could well look to cash in on their star player before then and receive true market value rather than what currently seems like it would be a bit of a steal. And both Manchester clubs are willing to stump up more cash to avoid missing out, according to the Daily Mail.

But they will not be alone in their interest with Real Madrid among those also linked with a move.

 

ALABA OUT
Bayern Munich’s reluctance to offer David Alaba a new contract is a bit odd. The 28-year-old is set to leave the German giants for free this summer and is free to negotiate with other teams in January.

Chelsea are one of four European heavyweights said to be interested (why wouldn’t they be?), but look set to miss out with Alaba’s agent reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over a potential switch to the Bernabeu.

That’s according to Marca, who claim that Pini Zahavi is in contact with the Madrid hierarchy at the behest of his client, who prefers a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side over Barcelona, PSG or Chelsea.

The Blues were keen on Alaba, with current first choice centre-back – 36-year-old Thiago Silva – far from a long-term solution.

But the Austrian’s wage demands are thought to be an issue for Chelsea.

Because he will be available on a free transfer he could drive a hard bargain when it comes to personal terms and his agent is reportedly demanding £350,000-a-week.

That would make him Chelsea’s highest earner, with Kai Havertz currently top of the pile on £310,000-a week.

 

AND THE REST
Bayern will not chase Hudson-Odoi in January… Winks to talk to Daniel Levy about concerns over his Spurs future… Dominik Szoboszlai will join RB Leipzig over Arsenal… Rodgers has told Demarai Gray he has no future with Leicester… Koeman still keen on Wijnaldum… Leicester and West Ham interested in Roma star Amadou Diawara.

 

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