Man United held negotiations with 19-year-old Bundesliga striker

Red Devils may have to wait until 2022 to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Erling Haaland. Man United were heavily linked with a move for Norway international at the end of last year. However, Erling opted to join Bundesliga giants despite holding talks with the Red Devils.

Haaland’s Dortmund deal includes a clause which allows him to leave the German club for £67m. Both Red Devils and Real Madrid are chasing the 19-year-old striker, and they would be willing to pay his release clause. However, the clause doesn’t kick in until 2022.

They say BVB are under no pressure to sell the Norwegian centre-forward, who has netted 13 goals since joining the German giants. BVB could be willing to reach a compromise before the clause activates to avoid losing Erling for a nominal fee considering his rise to stardom.

Haaland snubbed a move to Man United before opting to join Borussia Dortmund earlier this campaign. Erling has been vocal on his decision, with the striker admitting Bundesliga giants told him what he wanted to hear. Haaland said: “Dortmund just went direct and said we need you up the front.”

“They told me they like my playing style and said, ‘We want to have you here’. I liked the way they spoke to me then, and that was what ­triggered the move.”

Red Devils face competition from Real Madrid for Erling. The Spanish giants have identified the Dortmund centre-forward and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe as their top targets. Los Blancos will go all out for France international with club president Florentino Perez willing to wait for the Norwegian striker if needs be.