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Manchester United transfer failure not due to financial demands, insists Erling Haaland

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Erling Braut Haaland has opened up on his decision to join Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United, laughing off "comical" suggestions that a potential switch to Old Trafford broke down over unrealistic financial demands made by his camp.

After swiftly establishing a reputation as one of the hottest striking properties in European football with a prolific run at RB Salzburg, the Norwegian teenager completed a move to Signal Iduna Park on a four-and-a-half year contract in late December after his €20million (£16.6m) buyout clause was met.

Such a transfer came after a protracted saga that involved strong and persistent links to Manchester United, interest from Serie A champions Juventus and a visit to RB Leipzig.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pushed hard for the signing of a player he previously coached at Molde, even holding face-to-face talks, but Haaland appears to have been keen on Dortmund from an early stage.

"Ole Gunnar has been very important in getting to where I am today, but we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me," @ErlingHaaland%20%F0%9F%97%A3%EF%B8%8FJanAageFjortoft%20%F0%9F%9A%A8 %E2%9D%87%EF%B8%8F%20Launched%20Dortmund%20as%20option%20himself %E2%9D%87%EF%B8%8F%20Says%20Solskj%C3%A6r%20was%20too%20late %E2%9D%87%EF%B8%8F%20Calls%20%C2%ABgreedy%C2%BB%20label%20laughable "That was what I felt best about, and therefore it became Dortmund."

It was quickly claimed in the aftermath of Haaland's move to the Bundesliga that United pulled out of the running over a refusal to meet certain conditions, believing that Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and father, Alf-Inge, were demanding a percentage of future sales of the striker.

It was also reported that United rejected the idea that Raiola would have controlled the sell-on for Haaland in addition to snubbing the idea of a buyout clause being inserted into the deal.
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