Manchester City, are leading the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland in the summer.

The striker could have been at Manchester United now, had the Red Devils managed to secure his services when they had the chance.

Prior to joining the German side in January 2020, Manchester United were keen on bringing the 21-year-old to the Premier League, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær was in charge at the club.

The Premier League side made a proposal, and it was better than the one made by the Bundesliga club. This was confirmed by BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke last October.

On Friday, Watzke appeared as a guest on ‘19:09 – der schwarzgelbe Talk’, where he stressed Dortmund overcame Manchester United in signing the Norway international. The BVB chief detailed it was not just their sporting project that helped them beat the Red Devils in the transfer battle.

“First of all, we have to know that we need a new Erling Haaland. At the end of the day, the truth is we gave him a release clause – otherwise he would have gone to Manchester United,” Watzke said, relayed by Ruhr Nachrichten.

“He has to make a decision, it will come eventually. The important thing is: it will continue. If Borussia Dortmund can do one thing, it’s finding the next one. A team always makes more than a player.”