Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of transfer target Erling Haaland because of the reason he snubbed a move to Juventus.
Manchester United are in a strong position to capture transfer target Erling Haaland because they can guarantee the Red Bull Salzburg striker he will get minutes if he agrees to make the switch to Old Trafford.
Haaland has been outstanding this season and already has 28 goals in just 22 appearances for RB Salzburg.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it a priority to sign an attacking player in the January window and the Norwegian coach is hoping his compatriot will be the solution to his problems.
Haaland, who is the son of former Manchester City and Leeds United player Alf-Inge Haaland, previously played under Solskjaer while he was the manager of Molde.
The youngster then secured a move to RB Salzburg in January of this year and in the process turned down the chance of joining Juventus.
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According to former Norway international and Premier League striker Jan Aage-Fjortof, Haaland picked RB Salzburg over Juve because it would give him a better chance of developing his game.
And while Aage-Fjortoft thinks the player will move in January, United will be in a strong position as they can guarantee him minutes.
“The links with United are inevitable given his past association with Solskjaer and I think the way United are working at the moment would be attractive for him,” Fjortoft told the Irish Independent.
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“They are looking to develop young players and are signing the best talent in Europe and there is no doubt at this moment Haaland is in that category when you see what he has done in the Champions League this season.
“It is all about picking the right club now.
“I expect him to move in January because any club scout who is not looking at a 19-year-old with this much potential needs to be fired, so he will have options.
“I know Borussia Dortmund are very interested, but it is up to Team Haaland now to decide what happens next.
“They turned down a move to Juventus when he moved to Salzburg as they felt he would develop better playing regular first-team football and they got that decision right.
“Now they have another choice to make.”
Although United are expected to face competition for Haaland’s signature as the Norway international is being monitored by some of the biggest clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also reportedly looking at the player.
RB Salzburg are under no financial or contractual pressure to sell the player in January but they could make an enormous profit if a club meets their €100million (£85m) valuation for the striker.
Solskjaer currently has the backing of the United board despite an unimpressive start to their campaign.
They currently sit fifth in the table after 16 games and five points adrift from Chelsea in fourth.
And while Fjortoft thinks United want Solskjaer to succeed he believes his compatriot is still under pressure to secure Champions League football next season.
“The balance for Solskjaer is planning long-term and winning short-term,” added Fjortoft.
“He needs to have both of those going his way and that is not always easy when you are working with young players who may not be consistent.
“I think the leaders of the club would like this project to succeed with Ole-Gunnar, but we all know that you have to win football matches when you are Manchester United manager.”