Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down Manchester United’s interest in Erling Haaland after Barcelona opened talks to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.
A number of top European clubs have expressed interest in signing Haaland, with the likes of Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea all linked with summer moves.
Barcelona appear to be at the front of the queue to secure the 20-year-old’s signature after the player’s father and agent entered talks with club president Joan Laporta over a move.
Asked about Barcelona’s pursuit of Haaland and whether he is a player Manchester United can afford to miss out on, Solskjaer said on Friday: ‘I’m focussing on the next two months.
‘There’s only so many places that a player can go to and for us, we want to focus on the ones who are here.
‘I’ve worked with Erling but it’s not right for me to talk about him. I can talk about him as an ex-coach of his but he will make his own mind up.
‘I think the way the world works at the moment, you’d like to do all your business on the quiet and all your talks on the quiet, but there are platforms everywhere, there’s news, the media make that more difficult now.
‘Hopefully, we can suddenly sit here with players that no one has written about! We conduct our recruitment business, our scouting, and the players that we are interested in, we do it the right way I hope and feel.
‘Who we’re interested in and who we can go for and who we will go for, I’m not going to comment on that.’
Haaland is already considered one of the best players in Europe, having scored an impressive 49 goals in 49 appearances for Bundesliga side Dortmund.
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