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Why Manchester United pulled the plug on Erling Haaland transfer

The Norwegian had been heavily linked with a January move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)
Manchester United decided to pull the plug on their interest in Erling Haaland due to the exorbitant demands of the player’s agent and a number of unattractive clauses they wanted included.

The Norwegian teenager completed a move from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday for a cut-price fee believed to be just £17million – signing a contract until 2024.

United had long been linked with a move for Haaland, who has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season and made his first breakthrough at Molde under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Erling Braut Håland from @RedBullSalzburg on a contract until 2024! pic.twitter.com/C9ilU0u0dt
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) December 29, 2019
But, according to ESPN, United decided to back away from a deal after the player’s camp – which includes notorious agent Mino Raiola – made a seri..

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland joins Dortmund
The Norwegian had been heavily linked with a January move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United decided to pull the plug on their interest in Erling Haaland due to the exorbitant demands of the player’s agent and a number of unattractive clauses they wanted included.

The Norwegian teenager completed a move from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday for a cut-price fee believed to be just £17million – signing a contract until 2024.

United had long been linked with a move for Haaland, who has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season and made his first breakthrough at Molde under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Erling Braut Håland from @RedBullSalzburg on a contract until 2024! pic.twitter.com/C9ilU0u0dt

— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) December 29, 2019

But, according to ESPN, United decided to back away from a deal after the player’s camp – which includes notorious agent Mino Raiola – made a series of hefty demands.

While United baulked at the proposals, Dortmund agreed to them, which includes a share of potential future sales profits being split between Haaland’s father – former player Alf-Inge – and Raiola.

Haaland was also adamant that he wanted a buyout clause inserted into the agreement, something United were absolutely unwilling to agree to.

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ESPN also report that the performances of Mason Greenwood, particularly recently, prompted United bosses to reconsider their pursuit of Haaland.

Greenwood, who is over a year younger than the Norwegian, has netted four times in the Europa League this season and scored in two of his last three Premier League appearances, impressing Solskjaer enormously.

Welcome to Dortmund ⚽️🔥 pic.twitter.com/8k1J6HhEdj

— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) December 29, 2019

Rather than using transfer funds to bolster their strike force and potentially block Greenwood’s development, it was felt that the money could be better invested in other areas of the team.

Raiola always saw the Bundesliga, and Dortmund, as a better stepping stone for Haaland at this stage of his development, while he is believed to have been handed a bumper contract worth around £6.8m-a-year.

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