Manchester United have been put on alert after Erling Haaland explained what influences his decision when he chooses a new club.
United missed out on their top January target when Haaland instead signed for Borussia Dortmund in a £19million move that looks set to prove a bargain.
The 19-year-old has already scored 12 goals in 11 appearances for Dortmund, taking his total for the season to 40 in 33 games after he fired 28 goals for Red Bull Salzburg before heading for Germany.
There have already been reports that Real Madrid will make a move for the Norway international this summer, but Dortmund are expected to try and keep Haaland for at least one more season – especially if they lose United target Jadon Sancho in the next transfer window.
But if Haaland keeps up his form, he could be one of the hottest transfer properties in the summer of 2021.
So United will do well to listen to the youngster explain what has been important to him in plotting his moves so far from Norwegian club Molde to Salzburg, on then to Bundesliga title challengers Dortmund.
“You’ve got to time how good you are, how good the club is, the people there, how they take care of you, how they help you evolve,” the striker told Eurosport.
“There is a lot of factors and I remember when we discussed Salzburg and different clubs we figured out very early that Salzburg was the best option.
“And I’ve always thought ‘I can’t overrate myself’. That has always been important to me.
“Saying ‘yes, I’m good, but there’s a lot of good players out there’ so that has always been very important to me, to not think that I’m better than I actually am.”
A report from ESPN last week claimed both United and Madrid will be in the hunt for Haaland if and when he decides to leave Dortmund, having been alerted to a £63million release clause in his contract.