Manchester United have missed out on Erling Haaland as Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they have signed the striker.
The 19-year-old is one of the most coveted young forwards in Europe having scored 28 goals in 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg this season.
United were confident of reaching an agreement with Haaland, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even met with the striker to discuss a move.
But the Norway international, who played under Solskjaer at Molde, has now signed a contract with Dortmund which runs until June 30, 2024.
‘I had intensive discussions with the club management and the sports management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and trainer Lucien Favre,’ said Haaland.
‘There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club, go this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I’m already burning for it.’
Juventus, Bayern Munich and Red Bull Leipzig were also in the race to sign Haaland, while the striker’s father, Alf-Inge, was given a tour of Arsenal’s training ground.
Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke said: ‘Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him. Our tenacity has paid off.
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc, who led the negotiations, said: ‘We can all look forward to an ambitious, athletic and physically strong center forward with a pronounced goal instinct and impressive speed, which we would like to develop further in Dortmund.
‘At the age of 19, Erling is of course just beginning a hopefully great career.’
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