The England international underwent his medical examination at the club ahead of his departure from Borussia Dortmund and an official announcement is imminent.
Meanwhile, in the background, the club’s chase of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane continues, while interest in Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier remains.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and the club’s hierarchy have a clear plan in their approaches, learning from previous mistakes to ensure that the movements performed are effective and efficient.
Similar plans will remain in place going forward, and it’s no secret that United will be on the lookout for a new striker next summer when Edinson Cavani’s contract is up, with the Uruguayan apparently ready. for a return to South America.
United admire Erling Haaland and have the Borussia Dortmund forward as their first choice option in the market, with Solskjaer’s relationship with his young compatriot potentially a major boost to this pursuit.
However, the best-worked out plans could be dashed by Chelsea – Thomas Tuchel also rating the striker extremely high and, most importantly, keen to make a transfer this summer – jumping to the front of the queue.
This puts United in a difficult position. After spending over £ 70million on Sancho and a deal for Varane which is also expected to cost a significant sum, finances will be strained and the pot of money is not bottomless.
The risk, however, is not only to miss Haaland, but also to see him play for a direct rival. This begs the big question, what is the higher cost? The down payment to win the race for Haaland or see him play in West London in a blue jersey?
A bigger question, however, is what United will do next year if Haaland is out of the market. High quality attackers are currently very rare, which means that alternatives are hard to come by. Realistically, the options would then be Kylian Mbappe or Harry Kane.
Kane, at the start of next season, will be 29 and his injury issues are well documented, which is of great concern after the delayed arrival last year, Euro 2020 this summer and the 2022 World Cup in the end of next year.
Mbappe, on the other hand, might just be the deal of the century in terms of transfer fees if he ends his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, but Real Madrid have long been in the lead for the Frenchman, while his salary will be astronomical.
Can United afford to miss Haaland? That’s a tough question to answer when the scenario could be that he is the perfect candidate to sign next year but, for now, the addition of a central defensive partner for Harry Maguire is the way to go. most pressing concern.
It’s a lesson in the cruelty of football. The best-designed plans can fall apart instantly, with the importance of Plans B to Z being just as crucial as Plan A. As far as Haaland is concerned, however, backup plans may not be such a long list.
United will simply have to go through everything for Dortmund to remain steadfast in their position that Haaland is not going anywhere this summer and continue to block Chelsea’s advances, leaving the door open for next year’s battle in the market.