Salzburg Chief All But Rules Out January Transfer
Manchester United have yet to make any approach to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg over Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland.
The 19-year-old is currently among Europe’s hottest properties following a season that has seen him scored 18 goals in 14 games. That includes six goals in his side’s opening three Champions League group matches.
Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus are among an estimated 45 clubs to have registered an interest in Haaland, the son of former Leeds United and Manchester City defender Alf Inge Haaland. Rumours have suggested there could be a bid for somewhere in the region of £35 million.
But Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund insists there has been no approach yet from any club and he poured cold water on the prospect of a move for Haaland in the January transfer market.
“So much nonsense is written in the last few weeks. What I’ve already read makes me laugh,” Freund said.
“I have not spoken to any club so far. I can also say there’s currently no offer for the winter. The next step will come, because Erling will be unstoppable.”
Smalling Set For Permanent Move
Meanwhile, talks are expected to take place between Manchester United and Roma over a permanent move for United defender Chris Smalling.
The 29-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at the Serie A side and his performances have impressed enough for Roma to consider a permanent move.
Italian newspaper Il Tempo reports that Roma want to sign Smalling permanently for €10 million (£8.6 million). Smalling’s performances have attracted the attentions of both Inter Milan and AC Milan so a quick deal is of the essence,
The fear in the Italian capital is that United may demand €5 million more although Smalling himself is looking to snub the interest of any other Serie A side to remain with Roma.