Manchester United move closer to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland … on one condition – Paper Round


Haaland on his way to Man Utd?

Manchester United have managed to overtake their transfer rivals in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. BILD (via The Sun) reveals that the Premier League side are the only ‘serious bidder’ and the only club ‘strongly interested in getting his signature’. The report says United’s pursuit hinges on one very important condition: The Red Devils must qualify for next season’s edition of the Champions League. Haaland is set to leave Dortmund next summer and has a discounted £ 64million release clause, which will become active at the end of the season.

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Paper Round’s point of view: Manchester United will see this season as a failure if he does not qualify for the Champions League, but it would be even more disastrous if it meant he missed Haaland’s signing. The top four is not out of reach. It looks like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea will be a lockdown for the top three, so there is more room for Arsenal, West Ham United, Man Utd and Tottenham Hotspur to fight. Anyway … this report doesn’t make too much sense. Certainly every elite club in Europe is “strongly interested” in signing Haaland. You’d be stupid if you didn’t try to sign it.

Xavi against signing Pogba

Xavi has told Barcelona they shouldn’t try to sign Paul Pogba this summer, despite the Frenchman being available for free once his current Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season. Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is said to have met the Catalan club this week to discuss their main clients – Pogba and Erling Haaland. The Borussia Dortmund forward is still a prime target for next summer, but Xavi believes Pogba “doesn’t fit the club’s profile” and has asked Barca president Joan Laporta to identify alternative transfer targets for the club. Midfielder.

Paper Round’s point of view: Xavi apparently had enormous control when brought in by Barcelona. It’s a huge job and he decided he wanted to play a major role in recruiting in addition to the daily coaching aspect of his role. Pogba is obviously a first-class player – despite his criticism in England – but realistically he wouldn’t be a sensible signing for Barcelona. Yes, it’s available for free, but that excludes signup fees, bonuses, and an insanely high salary. Barca are in financial trouble and are in the process of rebuilding themselves, so they should focus on low risk, low cost players for the time being.

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Sanchez ready for Barça’s return

Alexis Sanchez could be set for a shock return to Barcelona as the Catalan club look to improve their attacking options following the retirement of Sergio Aguero. Spanish media Sport say Barca are in “advanced” talks with Sanchez and his parent club Inter Milan in a complicated deal that would see Luuk de Jong – who is on loan at Sevilla’s Camp Nou – trade his place with the Chilean. Xavi’s ideal signing would be Manchester City striker Ferran Torres, but the Blaugrana are unlikely to be able to afford it. Therefore, Sanchez is dubbed “the low cost alternative”.

Paper Round’s point of view: Sanchez needs the opportunity to resurrect his career and Barcelona could be the perfect landing place for it. The Chile international has struggled since leaving Arsenal in January 2018 and has failed to regain his form at Manchester United and Inter. Barca are in a tight spot right now and could use an experienced striker like Sanchez to reverse a short-term deal and help them return to European qualifying places. It would be a decent, low-risk move for both sides – especially as Ferran Torres looks highly unrealistic with Barca’s current financial situation.

Phillips ready to leave Liverpool

Nathaniel Phillips could leave Liverpool in January with the aim of playing first-team football elsewhere. The Sun report that the Merseyside club have imposed a £ 15million price tag on their defender, who has only made four appearances so far this season. West Ham United have been linked with a decision by Phillips as the Hammers look to add depth in defense to their exhausted squad. Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma both suffered injuries, which means David Moyes is likely to tap into the January market for a center-back. Newcastle United are also eyeing Phillips as they look to strengthen themselves across the board.

Paper Round’s point of view: Phillips is now 24 and only managed to break into the Liverpool squad during his defensive crisis last season. His recent performance against AC Milan at San Siro proved he’s good enough to start elsewhere, so it’s probably a good time for Phillips to move on. West Ham have shown they are an ambitious club over the past two seasons and play in the Europa League. Phillips would be a solid addition to their squad and would likely have the chance to be a starter in east London while Ogbonna and Zouma are both sidelined.

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