Manchester United respond to Barcelona and Real Madrid Erling Haaland transfer talk

Erling Haaland is possibly the most coveted footballer on the planet and his advisers met with Barcelona and Real Madrid on Thursday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United will not conduct any pursuit of Erling Haaland as publicly as Barcelona have.

Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and agent Mino Raiola were filmed arriving at Barcelona airport on Thursday and were ferried to an undisclosed meeting by new Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s right-hand man Eduard.

Raiola and Haaland were later filmed arriving for talks with Real Madrid as they consider the best club for the Borussia Dortmund striker to join.

United attempted to sign Haaland for €20million last season but the 20-year-old rejected them in favour of Dortmund and he is valued at around €150m this summer.

A €75m release clause in Haaland’s contract becomes active next summer but Dortmund are in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League next season and may have to cash-in on the prolific goalscorer this summer.

Manchester City are among the frontrunners to sign Haaland as Sergio Aguero’s long-term replacement and Chelsea are also keen, while United earmarked the Norway international as their centre forward priority target this summer.

“Well, I’m focusing on the next two months and whatever happens in the world of football there are only so many places anyone can go to,” Solskjaer said. “For us, focus on the ones who are here.

“Even though I worked with Erling it’s not right for me as Man United manager to talk about Erling. I can talk about 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.