Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of Erling Haaland earlier this Sunday, ending a saga that saw several teams competing for the Norwegian’s signature. It was reported that four clubs were in the race to sign him; Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Juventus and Manchester United.
Although it was Dortmund who finally landed the striker, Juventus and Manchester were thought to have the upper hand in this saga at some point. Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his team was interested in Haaland, but they reportedly pulled out of the race.
According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, United ruled out of a potential deal for starlet Red Bull Salzburg after refusing to meet agent Mino Raiola’s demands. That left the door open for other sides, with Dortmund ultimately taking his chance with the youngster.
The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson claims that one of Erling’s other representatives is his father, former Manchester City ace, Alf-Inge.
Both Jackson and Dawson state that Erling’s representatives, including Mino Raiola, asked for a buyout clause and a percentage of a future sale be included in the contract.
Manchester supporters must be fuming about this decision, as they missed the chance to sign one of the most promising players in Europe at this moment. However, seeing how they managed everything from a business standpoint, it’s fair to say United dodged a bullet with these demands.