Transfer news: Arsenal step up interest as striker’s father visits training ground

According to Metro, Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Erling Haaland after inviting the striker’s father to visit their training ground.

The 19-year-old is set to be one of the most in-demand players in the January transfer window as several clubs are monitoring his progress at Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland has been in sublime form this season having scored 26 goals in 18 appearances and his performances have attracted interest from a host of top European clubs including Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Manchester United are also in the race to sign Haaland with reports claiming earlier this week that the player’s father, Alf-Inge, has been given a tour of the club’s Carrington training complex.

But according to Sport Bild, United are not the only Premier League team to have extended a similar invite as Alf-Inge has also paid a visit to Arsenal’s training facilities at London Colney.

The report also claims that Arsenal are ‘as interested’ as United in signing Haaland. However, the report also claims that Alf-Inge is advising is son to join a team in the Bundesliga before making the jump to the Premier League or La Liga.

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United, meanwhile, could have the upper hand over the Gunners given that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already worked with Haaland during their time together at Molde. Last week, reports claimed that Solskjaer has instructed United’s hierarchy to attempt to secure a deal for Haaland in the January transfer window.

Verdict

It’s hard to honestly see any traction or a potential deal materialize for Haaland. Based on reports in recent weeks, Salzburg are throwing around £85m price tag for his services and despite what his goal numbers say, It’s pretty overpriced for someone with no proven pedigree – on a consistent basis.

Besides after Arsenal recently broke their club-record signing (Pepe) on an attacker, can we expect the board to go in for yet another expensive forward? Probably not. If anything, Arsenal are not in a position to afford his transfer fee and would be better off focusing on a marquee defensive signing instead.

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