Erling Haaland: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he keeps in touch with Borussia Dortmund striker
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he keeps in touch with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland but is happy with Manchester United’s transfer policy.
Haaland has developed into one of the world’s most prolific forwards having scored 43 goals in 43 appearances for Dortmund since joining from Red Bull Salzburg at the end of 2019.
Solskjaer, who coached Haaland during his time in charge of Norwegian club Molde, reportedly met with the 20-year-old before his move to Germany after United head scout Marcel Bout had watched him play against Liverpool in the Champions League last season.
United met Haaland’s €20m release clause at the time but could not agree on the conditions for the transfer, with the stumbling block believed to be the value of the requested buy-out option if the Norway international moved to Old Trafford.
Asked if Haaland is still a player he would like to have at United, Solskjaer said: “When you have had kids and players through as a coach you follow them, of course.
“I keep in touch with Erling. It’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to improve all the time. He’s a Dortmund player, we just wish him well there and let’s see what life will bring later on.”
Haaland is under contract at Dortmund until 2024 but has a reported €75m (£66m) release clause, which comes into effect in the summer of 2022.