On November 29th, AS reported Real Madrid and Juventus interest in Erling Braut Haaland, but also stated Manchester United are ‘best placed’ to complete his signing.

There have been various reports discussing United’s interest in the Red Bull Salzburg star since September.

These claims emerged after the player publicly spoke about his admiration towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who coached him at Molde.

There were suggestions his father, Alf-Inge Håland’s past association with Leeds United and Manchester City could block any potential move to Old Trafford, but these fears were put to bed by Håland Sr in September.

On Wednesday, Dagbladet journalist Morten Pedersen claimed United are ahead in the race for Haaland. He even suggested the Premier League club would receive ‘yes’ as an answer if Solskjaer calls Alf-Inge to ask about his son’s availability in January.

Late on Wednesday, a new twist emerged in this saga. Ruhr Nachrichten explained Borussia Dortmund are serious about strengthening their attack in January and the 19-year-old is their desired target.

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The Norway international is advised by super-agent Mino Raiola and a day after Salzburg were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool on Tuesday, the duo travelled on a private jet to Germany.

Haaland and Raiola landed at the Dortmund Airport and were picked up by an employee of the Bundesliga club. They held talks with BVB.

Lucien Favre’s side want to make strides in their effort to sign the goalscoring star even before the window opens on January 1st. They will face competition from Germany as RB Leipzig are also looking at Haaland.

There’s been speculation over Haaland’s €20m release clause and Ruhr Nachrichten report he will be a bargain for that price in today’s market.

Dortmund will travel to Marbella for a winter-training camp in the first week of January and they hope to have a new striker on the plane for their trip to Spain.

If Haaland joins Dortmund, it comes as a blow for the Red Devils, who are believed to be keen on signing him in the winter market.