Man United handed Erling Haaland transfer boost as Salzburg say RB Leipzig don’t have first refusal

‘There is no such clause’: Man United handed Erling Braut Haaland transfer boost as Salzburg chief insists RB Leipzig don’t have first refusal on star

RB Leipzig do not have first refusal on RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, in what will be music to the ears of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 19-year-old has emerged as United’s top transfer target after excelling at Salzburg so far this season.

Haaland demonstrated his goalscoring prowess once again on Wednesday night as he became the first teenager in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to score in five consecutive appearances in the competition as Salzburg thumped Genk 4-1.

Manchester United have been handed a transfer boost over striker Erling Braut Haaland

He scored in the 87th minute of the match to take his season tally to 27 goals in 19 games, which have included an astonishing five hat-tricks.

Reports had surfaced that sister club RB Leipzig would have first refusal on the Norway international, should he leave, something that Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund denies.

‘There is no such clause, that is not an issue for us,’ he told Kicker.

‘We would never own any club a right of advance to any player.

‘That was not the case in the past and will not be the case in the future.’

It was claimed that Leipzig could sign Haaland for his reported £25.7million release clause. However, now United can continue their pursuit of the player who is valued in excess of £60m.