Borussia Dortmund beat Manchester United to Haaland signing

Borussia Dortmund have signed Erling Haaland, beating Manchester United and Juventus in the race to secure the 19-year-old’s signature.

Haaland joins the Bundesliga club from Austrian side RB Salzburg, with his deal set to keep him at Dortmund until 2024.

Haaland’s move is a coup for Dortmund, with the striker enjoying a stunning season so far. He has scored 28 goals in 22 games this season, with eight coming in the Champions League, and he also became the first teenager to score in the first five matchdays of the competition.

Sources told ESPN that United made an enquiry over Haaland, who was also linked to Leipzig and Juventus, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also travelled to Salzburg to meet with the 19-year-old’s advisors.

“I had intense talks with the club hierarchy, especially with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and coach Lucien Favre,” Haaland said.

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“I had the feeling from an early stage that I really wanted to join this club and play in front of over 80,000 supporters. I can’t wait to get started.”

Dortmund sporting director Zorc said: “We can expect an ambitious, athletic and physical centre forward with a proven nose for goal.

“At 19, Erling is still at the start of what will hopefully be a massive career.”

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