Manchester United chief scout Marcel Bout was in attendance to run the rule over Erling Haaland of Red Bull Salzburg during their Champions League clash with Liverpool in midweek according to the publication from the Manchester Evening News (MEN).
It was revealed that Manchester United stepped up their bid to sign Erling Haaland during the January transfer window with the club’s chief scout in attendance as Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg lost 2-0 at home to holders Liverpool thereby crashing out of the competition.
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Red Bull Salzburg have dropped down to the Europa League from the Champions League after the Austrian top-flight team finished third in Group E behind both Napoli and group leaders Liverpool who are both through to the round of 16 of the competition.
Erling Haaland is one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment and the 19-year-old Norwegian international is rated at around £50m by his club though he has half of that transfer fee as his release clause.
He has scored 28 goals in 22 games in all the competitions that Red Bull Salzburg entered for this season.
Erling Haaland is a top attacking target for Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.