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Man United ‘optimistic’ of Erling Haaland signing/Player being encouraged to join Leipzig – Independent

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Melissa Reddy of the Independent has this evening provided an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of RB Salzburg wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland.

United on the up

On the back of a largely-disappointing opening to the campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils have looked much-improved of late.

United are currently in the midst of just one defeat in their last 9 outings across all competitions, and even that loss came with a 2nd-string XI on display at Kazakh outfit Astana in the Europa League.

A 1-1 draw at home to Everton at the weekend, meanwhile, brought to an end a particularly-impressive streak on the part of the Manchester giants.

After downing Tottenham by 2 goals to 1 two weeks ago, United followed up with a derby victory over champions City at the Etihad.

They also secured their spot in the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a 4-0 drubbing of AZ Alkmaar.

Haaland to Manchester?

The Old Trafford giants, though, do not appear ready to rest on their laurels.

Recent reports have suggested that the Red Devils are eyeing a number of reinforcements in the January transfer window.

The reliable Athletic last week named a pair of players, in the form of James Maddison and Erling Haaland, as United’s prime targets this winter.

And, as outlined above, Melissa Reddy has today provided an update on a potential Old Trafford switch for the latter.

RB Salzburg sensation Haaland has been in irresistible form over the early months of the season, having racked up a staggering 28 goals and 7 assists across 22 appearances in all competitions.

The 19-year-old has unsurprisingly been earmarked as a potential world-beater by a number of Europe’s top clubs, but it is Manchester United who have been most-persistently linked.

And Reddy of the Independent has assured that those in charge of the Red Devils remain ‘optimistic’ in their chances of securing a deal for Haaland.

It remains unclear whether such a transfer would be targeted next month or in the summer of 2020, though.

Significantly, however, it is also claimed that the teenage hitman has been strongly advised to join Salzburg’s unofficial sister club, RB Leipzig, before moving on to a European heavyweight down the line.

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