Leeds must sign Erling Haland on loan if Man United win race for teenage striker

According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United have been joined by Serie A champions Juventus in the race to sign Molde striker Erling Haland, and should the Red Devils win the race to sign the exciting teenager their arch-rivals Leeds United should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, The Mirror report that Jose Mourinho’s men have been scouting the 17-year-old, son of former Manchester City and Leeds midfielder Alf-Inge Haland, and he scored twice in front of their scouts last weekend.

However, Italian media outlet Il Tiempo, via The Mirror, report that Juve are willing to launch a €5m (£4.4m) offer for the striker, with The Mirror adding that it is unclear whether United will step up their interest or allow him to join the Italian giants.

Should Haland arrive at Old Trafford, he would be competing with the likes of Marcus Rashford and James Wilson to be Romelu Lukaku’s back-up option.

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Why should Leeds be monitoring the situation?

Well, the Whites have already lost Pierre-Michel Lasogga to Hamburg following a loan spell and sent both Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot out on a temporary basis following tough debut campaigns at Elland Road, which has left them in desperate need of adding firepower to their squad.

The Yorkshire outfit, whose fans are fearing the worst about a potential major exit deal, continue to be frustrated in their attempts to land Derby County striker Matej Vydra, and a loan move for Haland could be best for all parties should he end up sealing a move to Old Trafford.

The 6ft 3in tall centre-forward has 12 goals in 34 first-team appearances for Molde despite his tender years, and he looks as though he would be an exciting addition to the Leeds frontline in their bid to win promotion back to the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign.

The fact that he was reportedly born in Leeds and his dad used to play for him should only help him if he did move to Elland Road.