Manchester United are in ‘pole position’ to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund next summer.

That’s according to BILD, who drop the rather staggering piece of information quite casually, as part of a look at the situation at the German club at this moment in time.

They ask ‘five uncomfortable questions’ about Dortmund in a piece today, positing whether they are genuine title contenders or ‘just middle class’ this season.

Two of their five uncomfortable questions focus on Haaland, the first asking whether they are too dependant on the superstar striker.

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The answer to that is a resounding yes, with the newspaper detailing how Dortmund’s points per game ratio falls when they don’t have their star man available.

The latter point then asks if they can keep Haaland by winning the title, and the answer is again a resounding no.

BILD explain that Haaland and Dortmund ‘will surely part ways’ next year, and his advisor, the affable Mino Raiola, will ‘pull the exit clause’. In other words, he’ll convince someone to pay it.

That’s where Manchester United come into the mix, and the newspaper states confidently that they are ‘in pole position’ for Haaland’s signature.

They make no mention of why that is the case or indicate if talks have already been held about a potential move, just that they’re at the front of the queue.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Manchester United linked with Haaland, with his links to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who handed him his professional debut at Molde, meaning United are always in the conversation.

The suggestion that they’re ahead of the competition for him is new and interesting, though, with the race for Haaland’s signature set to be fascinating next year.

If Manchester United have some sort of early advantage, then that is more than exciting, particularly if you’re of a similar mindset to Gary Neville and believe they desperately need a centre forward.