Reds tar­get Haa­land is courted by Leipzig

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DO­MINIC BOOTH

RB LEIPZIG boss Ju­lian Nagels­mann has lifted the lid on the talks he’s held with United trans­fer tar­get Er­ling Haa­land.

The RB Salzburg for­ward is among the most sought-af­ter play­ers in Europe, thanks to his record of more than a goal per game this sea­son.

Haa­land, who worked un­der Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer dur­ing their time to­gether at Nor­we­gian club Molde, was watched by United’s head of global scout­ing Mar­cel Bout when play­ing against Liver­pool in the Cham­pi­ons League last week.

It is un­der­stood Sol­sk­jaer has also com­mu­ni­cated with Haa­land’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in re­cent days as United at­tempt to clinch a deal.

Leipzig, Salzburg’s sis­ter club, are among the other clubs in­ter­ested in the 19-year-old, with Nageslmann ex­plain­ing how the talks went down. Borus­sia Dort­mund are also re­port­edly keen on a deal.

“I tried to ex­plain to him in good English what my idea of foot­ball was,” Nagels­mann told Ger­man me­dia out­let Kicker.

“I think it went quite well. Af­ter such talks you can say rel­a­tively lit­tle be­cause they are usu­ally very one-sided. You tell a lot as a coach, the con­sul­tant and the player lis­ten.”

Nagels­mann was then asked whether Leipzig could pip Dort­mund and other po­ten­tial suit­ors – like United – for Haa­land’s sig­na­ture and replied: “You have to ask him.”

As well as Haa­land, M.E.N. Sport un­der­stands United are in­ter­ested in Leices­ter City play­maker James Mad­di­son and Dort­mund’s English wide man Jadon San­cho, among other trans­fer tar­gets.

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