Mino Raiola says Manchester United DID move to sign Erling Haaland but striker felt Borussia Dortmund was

Mino Raiola insists Manchester United’s failed pursuit of Erling Haaland had nothing to do with him, claiming the teenager wanted to join Borussia Dortmund ahead of any other club.

Haaland had been heavily tipped to join United in 2020 having been closely tracked by the Premier League giants and given the fact he previously worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.

But Haaland has instead opted to join Dortmund after the German side met the release clause – understood to be £18million – in his Red Bull Salzburg contract.

Haaland is one of the most highly rated young players in world football, having scored 28 times for Salzburg this season

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Haaland is one of the most highly rated young players in world football, having scored 28 times for Salzburg this season

There have since been reports that United decided against moving for Haaland due to Raiola’s involvement, with suggestions the agent and the 19-year-old’s father, Alf Inge Haaland, had demanded a buy-out clause in the Norwegian’s contract and wanted a share of any future sale.

But those claims have been refuted by Raiola, who says his client simply wanted to join Dortmund for football reasons.

“I do not know if Manchester United are briefing this but if they are then they are covering their own loss and that I find strange and disappointing,” Raiola said over the reports of his demands, in an interview with The Telegraph.

“There was no fall-out between me and [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward. It was just a normal negotiation and the player has chosen a different path.

“If they want to blame someone then, fine, blame me but the player is happy. He has made his choice and we went through a normal process.”

Raiola says Haaland held talks with United boss Solskjaer but did not believe a move to Old Trafford was the best thing for his career right now.

“The club that he had the most direct contact with him was Manchester United,” Raiola said.

“They spoke to him the most. Everybody had the chance to talk to him in person. We let that happen especially when he knows Ole.

“Clearly he felt that at this moment it was not the right step in his career. There is nothing against Manchester United or Ole.

“He chose Borussia Dortmund ahead of them and other clubs and I’m very happy because he is going to the club he wanted to go to and that is best for him right now.

“If he wanted to go to Manchester United I would have been obliged to take him to Manchester United but he did not.

“When you are 19 then maybe you prefer not to go to the Premier League.

“The offer from Manchester United was good. It was not about the economics. It is just the player chose Borussia Dortmund at this stage of his career.”