Manchester United are ready to end their long-standing interest in signing Erling Haaland after reports suggested the striker has set his sights on a move to Real Madrid. Ralf Rangnick is prepared to focus on alternative targets as the Borussia Dortmund frontman prepares to decide his future ahead of a potential summer switch.
The Norwegian sensation has been in incredible goalscoring form since arriving in Germany two years ago from Red Bull Salzburg, scoring 75 goals in 74 games.
Man United had been interested in bringing Haaland to Old Trafford before he moved to Dortmund and have held a long-standing interest ever since. But Real Madrid are thought to be in pole position to land Haaland this summer along with Kylian Mbappe, with the Leeds-born striker’s release clause of £64million set to become active on July 1.
According to ESPN, United chiefs are ready to abandon their pursuit of the 21-year-old and focus on other striking options to bolster Rangnick’s frontline.
Rangnick already has Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood available to play as a central striker, but the German wants to add more firepower to his attack.
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If Haaland is the most exciting striking talent available in Europe, Dusan Vlahovic is a close second. The Serbia international has struck 16 goals already in Serie A to lead the race for the Capocanniere, known as the Golden Boot award in Italy.
The 21-year-old looks set to leave Fiorentina after snubbing a new contract offer, with his current deal expiring in 2023, but the Viola are adamant he will not be sold on the cheap.
Arsenal and Juventus are understood to be leading the race for the £60m-rated frontman, but neither club can boast to having the same financial power that Man United possess.
The towering striker has no discernible weaknesses and is capable with both feet, and would represent a smart piece of business if the Red Devils decide to enter the running for his signature.
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With Everton are underachieving this season after plummeting to 16th position in the Premier League, it may be time for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to move on for sake of his career.
The England international has scored 32 goals in his last 74 Premier League appearances, highlighting his impressive track record of scoring in the top-flight.
Calvert-Lewin has also courted interest from Arsenal and it is no surprise, given how he has tormented defenders with his aerial prowess and clinical finishing over the past three seasons.
The Toffees could demand as much as £70m, the chance to strengthen their homegrown contingent with a proven Premier League goal machine may prove too tempting to turn down.
Several European sides are lining up to sign Jonathan David this summer and Man United would be foolish not to consider in the in-form Lille striker.
United were one of the clubs mentioned as a possible destination for the 22-year-old when he was mulling over his future at Gent. Eventually, he opted to move to the Ligue 1 outfit and the Canadian has continued his goalscoring form in France.
David has found the net 15 times in 28 appearances for the French champions this season but has been tipped to head for the exit, with the likes of Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain monitoring the situation.
It could take an offer in excess of £40m to convince Lille to sell, but at such a young age and his versatility enabling him to play anywhere across the front three, David may prove to be worth the investment.
Man United look set to battle it out with rivals Manchester City for the signature of Argentina’s hottest property Julian Alvarez, currently on the books at River Plate.
The 21-year-old looks set to become the latest star from River’s production line to find stardom, after scoring 18 goals and registered seven assists in 21 outings last term in the Primera Division.
Those performances have alerted scouts to his potential availability and United’s recent business in South America suggests they would be willing to sanction a move.
But Man City are also interested and have already submitted two offers, including a deal to loan back the highly-rated forward for six months, according to TyC Sports.
Moving to England would represent a huge step up in quality from the Argentinian top flight.
But Alvarez has a £17m release clause written into his contract, making him a cheap and risk-free option for Rangnick if he wants to add a striker to his squad.