Odds on Manchester United signing Haaland drift despite arrival of Rangnick

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick played a big part in Erling Haaland’s move to Red Bull Salzburg back in 2019, but the bookies can't see the duo reuniting at Old Trafford next season.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United's odds of landing Erling Haaland were as short as 4/1. However, despite the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, another manager with close ties to the striker, you can now get a 33/1 on the Norwegian arriving at Old Trafford next season.

That owes as much to Cristiano Ronaldo's return as it does to the arrival of Rangnick, with the Red Devils building their team around the legendary Portuguese forward rather than turning towards the market.

However, with Edinson Cavani set to depart in the summer and rumours of Anthony Martial also wanting out, United will need another forward sooner rather than later, so it is perhaps a tad surprising to see them priced so high.

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Of course another possibility is that Haaland is keen to avoid Old Trafford due to his loyalties to rivals Manchester City and Leeds United.

His father played for both City and Leeds and was also famously on the receiving end of a leg-breaking challenge from United's former captain Roy Keane.

Now part of Erling's agent team, we doubt his father would be backing a move to his old arch rivals.

Previous arguments linking Haaland to United revolved around his stint under Solskjaer at Molde and their shared Norwegian nationality, but with the former United man having been shown the door at Old Trafford, perhaps their chances of signing Borussia Dortmund's star left with him.

Now, it seems a number of other European clubs are set to battle it out for Haaland's signature in the summer, with a clause in his contract stating he can leave for a cut-price £68million.

Paris Saint-Germain - 6/1

Lionel Messi of PSG celebrates his second goal with Kylian Mbappe, Danilo Pereira

The current favourites are PSG, who may need to replace Kylian Mbappe as rumours continue to swirl of a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

The 23-year-old almost departed for the Spanish capital last summer, but the deal collapsed late on, leaving him playing alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi for a year - a drag I'm sure.

But the World Cup winner still seems hell-bent on completing a move whenever possible, with the summer looking the most likely window.

So, as the French giants continue to pursue a first ever Champions League trophy, they'll likely look for a new talisman up front, and there's none better on the market than a discounted Haaland.

They have the financial muscle to offer him a colossal contract as well as promising him game time in his preferred position.

With two of the world's best creative players alongside him, Haaland will fancy his chances of firing the club to European glory, while also racking up a fair few domestic trophies along the way.

Manchester City - 9/1

Pep Guardiola on the sidelines for Manchester City vs RB Leipzig

While it's looking unlikely that Haaland will land in the red half of Manchester, it certainly can't be ruled out that he opts for the blue half instead.

Following in his father's footsteps is a much more fitting path for Haaland's career and Manchester City are a far more established club now than they were when Alf-Inge played there from 2000 to 2003.

They're another side gunning for a first Champions League trophy, and being mentored by Pep Guardiola is enticing for any young star.

It seems inevitable that Haaland will one day find himself playing in the Premier League given his father's career as well as his ties to Leeds as a child. But, while the Yorkshire side seem way off being able to acquire Haaland's services, City are certainly not. If he decides on coming to England, there's a good chance he'll be donning sky blue.

Bayern Munich - 12/1

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates his second goal during a UEFA Champions League Group E match between Bayern Munich of Germany and SL Benfica of Portugal in Munich, Germany, on Nov. 2, 2021.

We've been here plenty of times before, when Bayern Munich swoop in for Dortmund's stars to tighten their grip on the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski is one of a handful that made the switch, and despite narrowly missing out on the Ballon d'Or, he'll vouch for how much it propelled his career.

Haaland knows all too well how it feels to trail the Bavarian giants in the league, and if he's keen on winning the Bundesliga before departing Germany, then moving to Munich will be his best chance.

They've adapted quickly to life under Julian Nagelsmann and look to have all-but wrapped up the league title already this season.

They're also well in the running for the Champions League, and if they do manage to crown themselves as European champions this season, that certainly adds to their bargaining power when it comes to convincing Haaland of a move.

Real Madrid - 16/1

Eden Hazard on the ball for Real Madrid, La Liga

La Liga president Javier Tebas said it best: "Real Madrid could afford both Mbappe and Haaland next summer."

I'm not one to disagree with him, and Los Blancos could be preparing for one of the most incredible transfer windows of all time this summer.

They've kept spending to a minimum in recent seasons - at least by their usual standards - so they will have a bulging war chest this summer to acquire new galacticos.

Mbappe seems to be the main priority, but with a 34-year-old Karim Benzema coming to the end of his career and Eden Hazard still struggling to justify his fee, they could push for two huge signings this year to completely renovate their front line.

It'd certainly require off-loading some key players, with Gareth Bale another who could be shown the door, but don't rule out Haaland joining Mbappe at the Bernabeu next season.

Chelsea - 16/1

Timo Werner, Chelsea, Southampton, Premier League

If Manchester isn't on Haaland's radar, then London might be. The current reigning European champions have had little luck with strikers recently, with both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku not really stamping their authority in Thomas Tuchel's side.

The Blues have shown that they're not scared to splash the cash in recent seasons, regardless of if they already have plenty of players in that position.

With Haaland up for grabs this summer, it's hard to see a scenario where Roman Abramovich doesn't throw his hat in the ring.

They're in the Premier League title race this season, and would fancy their chances of winning a third Champions League should Haaland decide to join their ranks.

Barcelona - 33/1

Xavi Hernandez during the match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis Balompie, corresponding to the week 16 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, on 04th December 2021.

The Catalonian club will forever be regarded as a European giant, but they can't quite promise players what they could five to 10 years ago.

Gone are the days of Barcelona challenging for Champions League titles. Instead they find themselves struggling to break into La Liga's top four, and Xavi has a pretty large-scale rebuilding job on his hands.

That task would, of course, be made easier if the club splashed out on some world-class players, but even more problems are occurring behind closed doors, where the club is struggling financially.

Even with Haaland's discounted price of £68million, Barcelona couldn't match his wage demands, making a move to Camp Nou very unlikely.

Being the talisman behind Barcelona's revival does have an enticing charm to it, but catching a flight to north-east Spain has far too much risk attached to it for Haaland this summer.

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