Blog: Man Utd may try to sign four stars including Erling Haaland after Joel Glazer transfer vow

Man Utd may try to sign four stars including Erling Haaland after Joel Glazer transfer vow
  • 07 May, 2021
  • by OTTI JULIET

Man Utd may try to sign four stars including Erling Haaland after Joel Glazer transfer vow

The Glazers, Manchester United's founders, have promised to invest money to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team squad. Express Sport looks at some of the stars who might join the Red Devils this season.

Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer has promised to boost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team roster, among other things, while the club's American investors try to win over a disgruntled fanbase.

United fans have made their displeasure with the Glazer family's 16-year control of the club apparent in recent weeks with a string of marches.

Last weekend, a massive crowd stormed Old Trafford, forcing the postponement of United's Premier League match against bitter rivals Liverpool, as thousands more protested outside the stadium and the Lowry Hotel, where the players were staying.

The executive co-chairman said on Friday that the Glazers are keen to change their partnership with the fans and to "strengthen the club for the long term."

"For several years, we have encouraged continued investing in the squad, and it will continue this summer," Joel Glazer said.

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"We recognize that substantial expenditure in Old Trafford and our training facility would be needed to ensure that the club's facilities remain among the best in Europe."

Our top priority has always been and will always be vying for the most valuable titles when playing thrilling football with a squad made up of top-quality acquisitions and some of the world's greatest homegrown talent.

"Under Ole, we believe we are on the right course."

United have advanced to the Europa League final, where they will meet Villarreal on May 26 in Gdansk, Poland, and are now on track to finish second in the Premier League under Solskjaer.

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Erling Haaland 

Haaland, Europe's most in-demand player, will not be inexpensive. Edinson Cavani has done an excellent job leading the way for Manchester United this season, but Haaland will be an excellent long-term replacement for the Uruguayan veteran.

Manchester City and Chelsea, among others, are interested in signing the 20-year-old player, but United's shareholders would have to prove their cash in order to secure the £150 million-rated striker.

Haaland's performance, with 53 goals and 14 assists in 56 Borussia Dortmund games, suggests that his club-record fee would be compensated finally.

And considering the difficulties of dealing with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, as well as the reality that the England captain is older and more vulnerable to injuries, he would almost certainly be the preferred target over Tottenham's Harry Kane.

After more than a decade without a Champions League victory and just as long without a league crown, recruiting a formidable center-forward like Haaland will be a huge boost if United intends to capture the biggest of honors again.

Raphael Varane.

One of United's other focus areas for recruiting is central defense, we're a partner for Harry Maguire who can act as an improvement on the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly is needed.

Few are as good as Real Madrid's Varane, a 28-year-old World Cup champion who has made over 350 appearances for Los Blancos since 2011.

The France international's deal expires in a year and he will be eligible for a decent price of about £60 million.

He is just 28 years old, so United will expect at least four to five years out of him, if not more because he has plenty of experience competing at the highest stage.

Jadon Sancho 

United had been interested in Sancho for a long time before settling on Haaland more recently.

The former Manchester City wonderkid was priced at £108 million a year earlier, but the 21-year-old England international, who has 46 goals and 62 assists in 133 Dortmund appearances, could be eligible for less than £75 million this time around, according to sources.

Sancho may be the right-sided winger that United has been looking for for years, and the player is flexible enough to appear on the opposite flank or even as a No 10 at times.

Since he's so talented, homegrown, and still so young, he'd be a strong contender to replace Cavani when he leaves this summer or next year.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo, perhaps the most unlikely player to appear at Old Trafford this summer, has recently been associated with a blockbuster move to Manchester.

Juventus are 13 points behind Inter Milan after losing their Serie A hegemony, and the Portuguese attacker has struggled to help the Italian giants break their 25-year wait for a European Cup.

Ronaldo, who played nearly 300 games for United and earned nine trophies between 2003 and 2009, turned 36 in February but is still going hard, having scored 34 goals in 40 games this season.

If Cavani returns to South America this summer, he will be a useful substitute as a seasoned leading man, but his pay would overshadow that of the majority of the United squad, which may be a challenge. He'll only join if Cavani leaves and United refuse to sign Haaland.

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