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Proceed with Caution

Writing in his Monday column in the Athletic today, David Ornstein has reported that Manchester United will be cautious in entering any potential negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland after spending two and a half months trying to arrange a lower fee for Jadon Sancho last summer.

🔴 Man Utd don’t want another Sancho saga with Haaland #BVB
🔴 #MUFC plan quick withdrawal if too expensive
🔴 Kane next target but unrealistic (price + Levy stance) #THFC
🔴 Sancho interest remains but only if fee drops

W/ @lauriewhitwell @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/Gt0bYlG0Gi

— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 12, 2021

 

Laurie Whitwell, also contributing to the Athletic, suggests that United Execs will be urged to remove themselves from the race quickly if costs seem too high. They do not want to break their wage structure.

Manchester United guarded against entering into another saga with Borussia Dortmund for Erling Haaland after 10-weeks of Jadon Sancho talks last summer.

Execs urged to get out quick if cost is too high. Wages would break pay structure at #MUFC or #MCFC.https://t.co/sFwqAiFcFs

— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) April 12, 2021

 

The club will consider other striking options should they be unable to strike a deal for the Norwegian sensation and they are fully aware of the sums involved in brining Haaland in, not just for Dortmund and the player’s wages, but also payments to agents Mino Raiola and the players father.

Other Options

 

Manchester United cautious of entering Erling Haaland transfer talks after difficulties over Jadon Sancho last summer

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on April 04, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The article goes on to suggest who some of United’s other targets may be if Haaland is a no go.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane is set to be high on their list, but they also are aware that he won’t come cheap and that Daniel Levy may be unwilling to send to another Premier League team.

The club may also look at Jadon Sancho again, but the price would have to be less than what it was last summer to pursue him.

Edinson Cavani is also yet to declare if he is to stay or go, but after scoring twice against Spurs last night, the club may be keen to retain his services.

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