Manchester United may miss out on landing Erling Haaland in the January transfer window – because of Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
Red Bull Salzburg goalscoring sensation Haaland, 19, has scored 28 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this term and has five hat-tricks to his name, including one on his Champions League debut.
That has, understandably, led to him being linked with a number of clubs including United, who are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks when the transfer window reopens next month.
But The Athletic has claimed that Raiola, who represents the talented starlet, is looking to move his client to another European club before switching to a big team in a season or two.
It would benefit Raiola on a financial level, with the agent knowing that Haaland would command a much larger fee should he perform for a team in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Meanwhile Haaland, the son of former Leeds and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge, has insisted he is not distracted by speculation linking him to some of Europe’s top clubs.
The 19-year-old has taken the Champions League by storm on his debut in the competition and his eight goals so far is bettered only by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Despite the speculation linking him with a big-money move, the teenager is remaining focused on the job in hand: namely beating Liverpool on Tuesday to secure a place in the knockout stage at the defending champions’ expense.
“I’m just focused on my job: playing football. I try to enjoy what I do every day, and go in with a clear mindset and enjoy the moment right now,” he told a press conference.
“My focus now is on Salzburg and me as a player. It is not hard at all. I am enjoying every day playing football.
“My father was a former player so he has been helping me but I also have a lot of friends who also help me in these situations.
“Doing what I am doing every week it is not easy but that’s what I try to do. My father has been helping a lot.
“This is the biggest game of my career so far. Matches like this are what you dream of so I am enjoying it. I’m living the dream.”