Manchester United have reportedly been put off the asking price of a top right-back target and could switch their search elsewhere.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for new defensive recruits this summer. A new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire and competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka are his top priorities.
Fiorentina central defender Nikola Milenkovic appears to be United’s top central defensive target. However, it’s a Championship player who has emerged as a rival for Wan-Bissaka.
Speculation has emerged in recent weeks that a summer bid is being lined up for Norwich star Max Aarons.
The 21-year-old, who was wanted by Tottenham and Bayern Munich last summer, was loyal to the Canaries after their relegation.
A move looked on the cards, only for Aarons to stay put and guide Norwich to the top of the Championship table.
The attacking full-back has notched one goal and laid on three assists for Daniel Farke’s men this season.
The fact that he remains under contract until 2024 means Norwich can demand a decent fee.
And that price is said to be £35million, which it would appear is a little too costly for United.
Indeed the Daily Express states that Old Trafford transfer chiefs think that price is too rich.
Aarons has only played one season of top flight football in his career, and it is likely that United think that sort of money could land them a player with greater experience.
However, if the Canaries blow their chances of promotion, then that figure would probably come down substantially.
Dortmund hit back over Haaland exit talk
Borussia Dortmund insist that Erling Haaland is happy at the club and played down rumours that he could leave this summer.
Haaland is one of the hottest prospects in world football thanks to his blistering form in recent years. The 20-year-old has scored 43 goals in 43 games for Dortmund.
A generational talent, it seems he will be one of the world’s best players over the next decade.
Should he continue to score at the rate he is doing, it is unlikely he will stay at Dortmund. The Bundesliga club know that bigger teams will come in for him.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola recently fuelled speculation that the striker could move in the summer, claiming four clubs in England could afford him.
Raiola did not mention any names, but Haaland has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.e
The Norway international has a release clause that would allow clubs to sign him for a relatively modest fee from the summer of 2022. If Dortmund sell him this summer, though, they can command whatever price they want.
That may be dictated by their final position in the Bundesliga. Should they fail to qualify for the Champions League, they may need to sell players to raise funds – and Haaland would presumably be keen to play for a team in Europe’s top competition.
As things stand, Dortmund are sixth after 22 games – six points off the Champions League places. They have ground to make up if they are to finish in the top four.
If they do not, then there are fears that Haaland could be on his way out. But Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has denied such an idea. Read more…