Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Manchester United target Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg for around €20m (£17m).
Manchester United had met Haaland’s €20m release clause but they refused to meet the conditions for the transfer with the stumbling block believed to be the value of the buy-out clause, should the striker move to another club.
The highly rated 19-year-old now arrives in Germany on a four-and-a-half-year deal and will join the Bundesliga club officially on January 3, ending speculation over a potential move to United, after Haaland reportedly told former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wanted to sign for him this month.
The Sunday Supplement pane recently discussed whether it was too early for Haaland to join Manchester United
Norway international Haaland has scored 28 times and registered seven assists in just 22 games for Salzburg this season across all competitions, with eight goals in six Champions League matches, while United head scout Marcel Bout went to watch him play against Liverpool.
“I had intensive discussions with the club management and the sports management, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and trainer Lucien Favre,” Haaland said.
“There was a feeling right from the start that I absolutely wanted to switch to this club, go this route and play football in this incredible Dortmund atmosphere in front of more than 80,000 spectators. I’m already burning for it.”