Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United must ‘dance with the DEVIL’ by doing business with Mino Raiola over a deal for Erling Haaland… as he calls on his old club to ignore issues with the agent and ‘give everything’ to sign Borussia Dortmund star
- Manchester United have reportedly identified Erling Haaland as their top target
- Haaland has shone at Borussia Dortmund but could be on the move this summer
- United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to sign the 20-year-old
Rio Ferdinand has implored Manchester United to do everything they can sign to Erling Haaland this summer – even if that means doing business with his notorious agent Mino Raiola.
Haaland has been linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, with a plethora of clubs in the queue to sign him should he leave.
According to reports, Manchester United have identified him as their No 1 target with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and new football director John Murtough having agreed to prioritise the in-demand striker.
Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has demanded his club sign Erling Haaland (pictured)
Haaland has excelled at Borussia Dortmund – scoring 47 goals in 48 games in just over a year
He has a £90million buyout clause but it can only be activated if it is made in one payment
Ferdinand (bottom) was speaking on his his Vibe with Five YouTube show about the striker
Upon leaving Austrian outfit RB Salzburg just over a year ago, the 20-year-old rejected the Red Devils’ advances to join Borussia Dortmund.
But despite that snub, United remain in the hunt for the Norweigian star who has plundered 47 goals in 48 games for the German giants since joining.
And United legend Ferdinand insists his former side have to go all out for Haaland in the upcoming transfer window. Haaland has a release clause of £90million in his Dortmund contract, although that can only be activated if the amount is made in one payment.
‘They have got to go out and give everything they have got to get Haaland,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube show.
‘I don’t like to talk about players that come from other teams but this guy, we [United] can’t afford to let this guy go anywhere else. His only destination is England.
‘It’s the only place he is going. If he goes anywhere else I will be so surprised.
New football director, John Murtough (left), pictured with technical director Darren Fletcher, is said to have agreed the pursuit of Haaland with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer tried to sign Haaland during the January 2020 transfer window but missed out
‘He obviously loves English football, his dad played here. It’s one of his dreams to come and play in England, I’m sure. Why not in the red shirt at Old Trafford.
‘Be the guy that brings trophies back to Old Trafford.’
United face a potential stumbling in dealing with Haaland’s agent Raiola though. The outspoken agent has a fractured relationship with Manchester United, having made many controversial statements in the hope of securing a move away for his client Paul Pogba.
But despite these tensions, Ferdinand believes United shouldn’t be perturbed as Haaland could shine at Old Trafford for a decade.
‘Sometimes you’ve got to dance with the devil. Because when a player like Haaland comes around, that’s 10 years’ service,’ he added.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has a fractured relationship with United over other clients