The Athletic is one of several publications reporting that Haaland’s move from Borussia Dortmund to City is finalized, although, after his outstanding performances in the Bundesliga, one imagines he could have had his pick of Europe’s finest.
The Norwegian international was reportedly projected to choose between Manchester City and Real Madrid, with ESPN reporting that he has ruled out a move to Manchester United.
According to the article, Haaland was not sure that the Red Devils could match his objectives on the field due to the club’s recent troubles.
Haaland would have been a fantastic acquisition for Manchester United given their need for a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, but Luke Chadwick recently told CaughtOffside that the player’s decision, while unfortunate, was not surprising.
“It’s hugely upsetting because that’s the type of player Manchester United wants.” “Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise,” Chadwick added. “To recruit those very best, elite players, you need to be at least a top-four team.”
“Haaland is one of the best in Europe right now, and it’s a concern that he doesn’t regard United as capable of fulfilling his objectives.”
“The only way around that is to develop – to ensure you’re winning trophies year in and year out and playing in the Champions League.” It’s just something that hasn’t happened at United in the last seven or eight years.
“Until then, they just need to attract the best players they can, but it definitely takes a player like Erling Haaland or Harry Kane to really make you a contender.”
“It’s a terrible scenario for United because that’s where these players want to be — competing at the top of the Premier League and progressing in the Champions League.” They want the best opportunities to compete in and win those competitions, and United aren’t giving them that right now.”