KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United is still expected to pursue Erling Haaland next summer, according to reports
  • Haaland may take into consideration Jadon Sancho's transfer when making a decision about his future
  • The Norwegian striker had insisted that he's happy at Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United is expected to be among the suitors of Borussia Dortmund’s goal machine Erling Haaland once again in next summer’s transfer window.

After bagging a whopping 13 goals in 10 matches this season, Haaland will likely be one of the biggest draws in the next transfer windows. A big-spending club like Manchester United is already in the conversation, but a transfer swoop may not come easy.

At this point, Haaland remains unfazed by the rumors linking his name to a move away from Borussia Dortmund. However, should Manchester United continue its reported pursuit, the club has to come up with a winning project to lure the Norwegian, reputable transfer insider and Eurosport journalist Dean Jones reported.

According to Jones, Haaland’s situation could be difficult for Manchester United as the player is not in a hurry to make a “decision” about his future. Moreover, another reason for the Borussia Dortmund star to refuse a move is the “strange” decline of his former teammate Jadon Sancho after he completed his move to Manchester United.

“[Haaland] could have joined Juventus or Manchester United earlier in his career, but neither felt right to a teenager who wanted weekly first-team action at one of Europe’s top clubs,” Jones wrote.

“The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo adds fresh doubt about how he would fit and Jadon Sancho’s strange time in Manchester is seen as a red flag,” he continued. “Being on the bench is a scenario that Haaland can not bear to fathom.”

Erling Haaland Welinton of Besiktas reacts as Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund at Vodafone Park on September 15, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Haaland has yet to comment on how Sancho’s fate affects his club preferences. However, he had earlier stressed that he is “enjoying” his time at Dortmund.

As for Sancho, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo certainly had an impact on the trajectory of the youngster’s career in English football.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer insisted that Sancho’s time will come and that the most important thing is that the player is not losing his determination.

“[Sancho’s] 21, he's learning the game, he's learning how we train, he's learning how we play, he's learning the Premier League, but he's come in hungry to learn,” Solskjaer said earlier in the season.

"We knew his talent, and we signed him with the thought that we are going to have a top forward here for the next 10 or 12 years,” he added. “Jadon's finding his feet, it's unfortunate that he fell ill just when he was going to come in, so he was out, and he lost a bit of pre-season. But he is working hard and he will be good."