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Real Madrid join Manchester United in race to sign £50m striker

Manchester United are set to face competition from Real Madrid this summer for the signature of Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.

Manchester United are set to face competition from Real Madrid this summer for the signature of Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian rejected United in favour of the Bundesliga giants in January, despite the existing relationship that he had with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from his days at Molde.

Haaland’s camp believed Dortmund offered a greater chance of first team football and he’s made a scintillating start at the club, scoring 12 times in his first 11 appearances for the club.

However, part of the reason Dortmund won the race for Haaland was that they agreed to a £50m release clause in the forward’s contract and that could prove problematic this summer.

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United remain huge admirers of Haaland and Solskjaer believes a centre forward is one of the remaining pieces in his jigsaw at Old Trafford.

But United’s failure to sign Haaland in January could come back to bite them again as the Evening Standard claim Real Madrid are now in the race.

Zinedine Zidane spent big on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy last summer but he remains keen on a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.

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The Frenchman’s form dipped in the second half of the season and Haaland’s growth has been exponential.

Madrid are, of course, interested in Paul Pogba this summer but the La Liga giants have doubts over whether they can finance a move.

United value the France star at £120m, while his wages are likely to be around £300,000-a-week.

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