Manchester United’s hopes of landing Erling Haaland have been dealt a blow after it appeared Red Bull Leipzig can get the striker in a cut-price deal.
Haaland has become one of the continent’s hottest properties this season after scoring 26 goals across all competitions.
His exploits have attracted the Red Devils’ interest as well as a host of other elite European sides.
But RB Leipzig, who share the same owners as the Austrian club, can bring Haaland to Germany for just €30 million (£25.7m) according to Bild .
United have been quoted a sum of around £85 million – more than three times what the German outfit can sign him for.
Haaland’s father Alf-Inge, who played in the PL with Manchester City and Leeds, has told his son it is better to be playing than be sat on the bench.
That further increases the appeal of RB Leipzig who, after heavy investment, have become a challenger in Bundesliga with Julian Nagelsmann at the helm.
Markus Krosche, die Roten Bullen’s sporting director, admits steps are already being considered which could see the 19-year-old ace leave Austria.
Markus said: “The boy is a very good player. Both in the league and in the Champions League, he does an exceptionally good job. Of course, we are already looking around for the summer. ”
Erling only made the switch from Norwegian outfit Molde last year for £4.5 million, but has proved to be a hit.