Manchester United shift focus from one Dortmund star to another.
Manchester United have made Erling Haaland their priority for next summer after missing out on Jadon Sancho report The Mirror.
The club faced a serious backlash from the fans after they decided not to invest 120m pounds for Sancho last summer. The club hierarchy believed the England international didn’t justify the price tag and with the uncertainty regarding the finances of the club due to the pandemic, the club decided not to spend that much amount of money on a single player. The decision seems to have been the right one.
Sancho has struggled this season scoring just one goal in the league. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the youngster lost his focus as he had mentally already prepared for a move to Manchester this season.
In a recent interview with the Kicker , the Dortmund chief explained the reason for Sancho’s struggles this season :
Subconsciously, Jadon had probably already prepared a little for a change, I think he had at least thought so much about it that he lost his ease. I have found him trying very hard for weeks. The biggest difference is that he used to not think about his next ball action. Now he thinks about it, and the tenth of a second that he misses is often exactly the one in which the opponent is already on his feet.”
Source – Goal
With Sancho struggling to deal with his failed move, United have turned their attention to his teammate and Golden Boy 2020 winner Erling Haaland. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer had tried to bring his fellow Norwegian to the club last year, but the move couldn’t materialize and the player moved to Dortmund instead.
Safe to say that the move turned out all okay for Haaland as he has scored twenty-three goals in twenty-four league appearances for the club till now.
The club have been scouting the 20-year-old since his Salzburg days and believes this is the right time to bring him at the club with reports suggesting that Haaland has a 70 million pound release clause which is set to activate next summer.
With the club already deciding to bring in teenage sensation Amad Diallo from Atalanta to solve their right winger issues it makes sense to move for Haaland who is a personal favorite of Ole.
The only obstacle that might prevent Haaland to move to the Theatre of Dreams is his agent Mino Raiola. Raiola and the club officials haven’t had the best of relations ever since Pogba moved to the club, whether the club is ready to negotiate their differences with the super-agent remains too be seen, and is one particular issue to keep an eye on.
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