Manchester United, if all goes to plan, will sign Erling Haaland in this summer’s transfer window. However, with Borussia Dortmund demanding £130million to let their prized asset go, the Red Devils may have to include players in the operation. So Express Sport will now take a look at four players who could interest the Bundesliga giants.
Donny van de Beek
It’s been a torrid season for Donny van de Beek so far.
Signed from Ajax back in the summer transfer window for £40million, the Netherlands international has spent the majority of his Old Trafford career stuck on the bench.
Van de Beek has struggled when picked, too, and is currently behind both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in Solskjaer’s pecking order.
Dortmund are supposedly admirers of the 23-year-old.
And that could work in United’s favour when it comes to bringing Haaland to the Premier League at the end of the campaign.
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Dortmund have made a habit of signing English talent in recent years.
They snapped up Jadon Sancho from Manchester City in 2017, with the England star snubbing Mourinho’s advances to chance his arm abroad.
And, just last summer, they beat United to the signing of Jude Bellingham.
So why shouldn’t the Red Devils pitch a swap deal for Haaland involving Jesse Lingard?
He’s been a player reborn at West Ham and a move to Germany would suit United, who likely wouldn’t want him to join a domestic rival.
United signed Amad from Atalanta in January, with the Ivory Coast international scoring for the first time against AC Milan in March.
Yet he clearly needs more first-team action if he’s to become a regular.
So United, to sweeten a potential deal with Dortmund for Haaland, could include a one-year loan spell for the teenager in any potential negotiations.
That would give Amad the minutes he needs.
And Dortmund would get yet another gem they can mould into a superstar in the long run.
Solskjaer ‘in touch’ with Haaland
Speaking recently, Solskjaer admitted he was still in touch with Haaland – who he previously managed at Molde.
“It is clear that Erling is going to have a fantastic career,” he said.
“I follow Erling. I have always said that. Was it 18 months we had together or something like that?
“Almost two years, perhaps. A fantastic time. He will surely have a super career both for Norway and his club. He is doing incredibly well for Dortmund.
“We will see where he ends up. As a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, it is of course great that he is doing so well.”