Borussia Dortmund, on Sunday, confirmed the signing of in-demand striker Erling Haaland, ending the speculation that the youngster is closing in on moving to Manchester United.
Manchester United, for that instance, were indeed in the race alongside Juventus, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in early December travelled to Salzburg to meet the striker’s representatives, but the move failed as United refused to agree to a buyout clause and a percentage of future sales.
Reports from the UK have confirmed United agreed to meet the 19-year-old’s £17 million release clause, but opted out because his agent, Mino Raiola wanted to include a buyout clause and a share in a future sale to be put in his contract.
United were interested in Haaland but refused to meet terms of the deal proposed by Raiola and his representatives. Wanted a buyout and percentage of future sale. United said no. Presumably Dortmund have agreed.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) December 29, 2019
"I don't comment on them speculations so that's it. He (Haaland) knows what he wants to do and he knows what he's going to do, Solskjaer had said about the player on December 15.
"So I don't have to give any advice to any other teams' players."
It is also said that the agent, who has some of the biggest players under his belt, wanted to include a lowly €50 million buyout clause in his contract, and United refused to meet the demands.
Upon the singing though, Dortmund took a cheeky jibe at both United and Juventus while releasing the transfer video.
As for the striker, he scored a whopping 28 goals in 22 appearances for RB Salzburg and has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the German club. He will join his new teammates on January 3, 2020.
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