Haaland: Martial, Master Key

The 'Mirror' reports that United hope to be able to use the French, in addition to the influence of Solskjaer, as a safe-conduct to take over the Norwegian forward.


Manchester United does not stop. Signed Sancho and with Varane to the fringes of being an official, he hopes to be successful in the sale of up to nine footballers in order to be able to undertake a new signing of tronío. Camavinga, Koundé and Trippier are the ones longed for, but Erling Haaland would be the ultimate dream. It is no secret. The Norwegian has been on the Mancunian radar for a long time, even before he appeared in partnership with RB Salzburg, since Solskjaer was his coach as a teenager in the Norwegian Mold.

Well, the Mirror indicates that at Old Trafford they do not lose their illusion in the race for the Dortmund cyborg. Chelsea, City and, above all, Real Madrid, do not take their eyes off it, but the British newspaper explains that the Red Devils trust that the inclusion of Anthony Martial in the operation can facilitate its crystallization. The Frenchman is one of the players on United's starting ramp.

The forward traded Monaco for Manchester in 2015, € 60 million through, and, at 25, has never managed to live up to the myriad of expectations created by his signing. In 2018 he was close to abandoning ship, when he lost importance with Mourinho as a coach. In fact, his own agent, Philippe Lamboley, took the floor in 'RMC Sport' to express the dissatisfaction of his client: "After thinking about all the possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United" .

The 2019-20 season was the best of his career. However, last year he lost his step little by little to the point of seeing how Edi Cavani became the starting '9' for Solskjaer. The renewal of the Uruguayan a few dates ago complicated the future of Anthony, who now sees how Old Trafford would accept his departure. Either with offers starting at 30 million euros or, on the contrary, always according to the information reported by the Mirror, as a reduction method for a titanic operation like Haaland's.

The influence of Solskjaer

We already said that the relationship between the Norwegian and Haaland goes back a long way. "Solskjaer and I worked together on the finish. I remember he taught some simple rules. The touch was the first of them, that he did not use so much force and tried to destroy the goalkeeper (...). He was a forward, I am a forward. He won the Champions League and that is my dream, so it has taught me many things ... ", Erling told Eurosport in 2020, referring to their days together in Molde.

That bond is the one that United try to take advantage of to convince the player, although throughout this hunt for Haaland that all the bidders are facing it is clear that the greatest difficulty is to get them to give their arm at Signal Iduna Park to twist. In Dortmund they do not want to hear about possible transfers of their maximum star and the 170 million label that they have placed on them, they hope it will serve to deter interest. Another asset they would play with in Manchester is that in 2018 Martial already interested the Borussen, but the transfer did not crystallize, so interest may cool down. Be that as it may, it seems that in Dortmund they will also have to haggle against United.

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