Manchester United remain determined to strike a deal for Erling Haaland next summer – despite the return of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desire to add an elite striker to his squad has been well-documented.
Borussia Dortmund star Haaland has been United’s prime attacking target for some time, although a deal failed to materialise this summer.
Solskjaer did, however, manage to wrap up a sensational deal to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford 12 years after he departed for Real Madrid.
It had been expected that the deal for Ronaldo would end their desire to snap up Haaland.
The report states that although the deal to sign Ronaldo wasn’t accounted for in their original summer transfer budget, that won’t be a stumbling block for them in their pursuit of Haaland next year.
United are also confident that Ronaldo’s presence will actually hand them an advantage in the race to secure the Norwegian prodigy’s signature.
Haaland’s admiration for Ronaldo is well-known – and the prospect of playing alongside him at Old Trafford could entice him into committing to Solskjaer’s project to restore United to their former glory.
The prospect of Ronaldo and Haaland linking up together would be a dream scenario for United fans should Solskjaer be able to pull off such an ambitious move.
The return of Ronaldo alone has made headlines around the globe.
It had looked as though the Portuguese star was on the cusp of signing for United’s bitter rivals, Manchester City.
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But a late charm offensive from Ronaldo’s former United team-mates, and Sir Alex Ferguson, ensured Ronaldo would end up back in the red half of Manchester – much to his delight.
“Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United,” he wrote on Instagram after the deal was confirmed. “The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.
“I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.
“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands. This is absolutely 100 per cent the stuff that dreams are made of!
“My first domestic League, my first Cup, my first call to the Portuguese National team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or, they were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!
“I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again!
“PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…”