Should Manchester United sign a striker in January then Erling Braut Haaland currently looks the likeliest candidate.

There’s been confidence in the Norwegian media for some time that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be able to convince the Red Bull Salzburg player. So when they reported the manager had travelled to Salzburg for talks on Friday, that only grew.

In Germany there’s an insistence Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig aren’t out of the picture, yet their confidence of the past week has taken something of a hit after Solskjaer’s trip.

Over in Turin, they won’t let go of Mario Mandzukic being an option. The Croatian has been ostracised at Juventus this season and wasn’t even invited to the club’s Christmas party.

Tuttosport report the striker ‘promised’ himself to Manchester United soon after the summer market closed, having hesitated on a move to Old Trafford earlier.

The Italian newspaper states Mandzukic has been ‘thinking’ about a move to the Premier League club ‘for months’, and is awaiting his farewell from Juventus.

AC Milan are also said to be interested.