Ralf Rangnick ‘makes contact’ with Erling Haaland’s father over £63.8m Man Utd transfer

Ralf Rangnick is desperate to bring Erling Haaland to Manchester United and has held talks with the player’s father, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Borussia Dortmund striker came close to joining United before his move to the Bundesliga, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disappointed to miss out on him on that occasion.

Since joining Dortmund, Haaland has continued to enhance his reputation as one of the most feared forwards in world football, scoring a staggering 76 goals in just 74 games.

Haaland’s release clause, which will enable potential suitors to sign him for just €75million (£63.8m) becomes active at the end of the season and it is looking increasingly likely he will leave Dortmund.

His situation has every major club in Europe on red alert, well aware they could land a generational talent at what would represent a major bargain.

Rangnick, who will take on a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford from next summer, has retained a relationship with Erling’s dad Alf-Inge, following the forward’s time at RB Salzburg.

The 63-year-old helped Haaland seal his move to Dortmund and he is now hoping his previous with Alf-Inge could give United an edge in the race.

MEN claim that Rangnick has been in touch with Haaland Snr. with United making the signing of a new forward a priority in 2022.

In his introductory press conference, Rangnick was forced to dismiss claims that his contract included a bonus clause if he can lure Haaland to Old Trafford.

He said: “£10m for Haaland, £10m for Kylian Mbappé, £10m for Lewandowski, and £10m for Joshua Kimmich… Obviously, it’s nonsense. There’s no clause in my contract.

“I know what kind of player he [ Erling Haaland ] is — the whole world has realised how good the player is. The offensive players we have here, we have so many top players in the offensive department that we don’t need to speak about any other player.”

But he has made no bones about his admiration for the Norwegian international, adding: “Erling Haaland is a fantastic striker. I know best myself, because I was together with the people at Salzburg with my friend Kristoff and the people there were a little bit involved in the move from Molde to Salzburg, and therefore I know what kind of player he is.”

The Red Devils will face intense competition however – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and neighbours Manchester City have been touted as potential rivals for his signature.

It is claimed that United’s only chance of landing the superstar would be to secure a top-four finish and earn Champions League football, after being dumped out at the group stage with Dortmund this season.

Haaland’s agent, the controversial Mino Raiola, has confirmed that his client does not have a pre-agreement with any club, with all options still on the table.

“Could Haaland wait for Barcelona? He can wait for anybody,” Raiola told NOS. “We don’t have a pre-agreement with any club.

“We’ll look for the best option for him and I can’t rule out another year at Dortmund. Theoretically, that’s still possible.”

United could be looking at a vastly different looking squad by the time next summer rolls around, with a number of players looking at potential exits.

Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are all out of contract at the end of the season, with Pogba the only of those still in negotiations to stay longer.

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial has made it clear he wishes to leave the club, with his agent Phillipe Lamboley suggesting his departure could come as soon as January.

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