RB Salzburg chief claims Erling Haaland will join Liverpool ahead of Manchester United

Red Bull Salzburg’s sporting director, Christoph Freund, claims Erling Haaland will join Liverpool ahead of Manchester United.

Haaland was wanted by United last December but the 20-year-old turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford and joined Borussia Dortmund instead.

The striker has continued his impressive scoring record since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund with 24 goals in 27 appearances for the German club.

But Freund believes United will miss out on the chance to sign Haaland once again and has backed the Norway international to favour a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

‘That’s where he will land,’ Freund said on Sky Sports Germany when discussing Haaland’s potential move to Liverpool in the future.

‘He can play for any club in the world. With his mentality, his will, with his self-confidence he can make a mark on European football in the next ten years.’

Last month, reports claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen on signing Haaland and views the striker as a long-term replacement for Edinson Cavani, who joined United on a free transfer on deadline day.

Solskjaer met with Haaland last winter in an attempt to convince him to join United but Dortmund ended up winning the race and agreeing a £17.1m deal with Red Bull Salzburg.

It’s understood that United’s hierarchy refused to approve the deal for Haaland last December due to high agent fees and the the demand from Haaland’s camp to insert a release clause into his contract.

Haaland will be able to leave Dortmund if there is a bid of €75 million (£68m) in 2022.

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