Salzburg chief backs Liverpool to seal Erling Haaland transfer ahead of Man Utd

Erling Haaland has been backed to join Liverpool instead of Manchester United by Red Bull Salzburg's sporting director Christoph Freund.

The Norwegian burst onto the scene at Salzburg, netting 16 league goals in 14 appearances and 10 Champions League goals in eight appearances last season.

That form saw him heavily linked with a January move to United, whose manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Haaland his professional debut at Molde.

However, he ended up joining Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth around €20m (£18m) and he has continued to bang in the goals on a regular basis at the Signal Iduna Park.

Haaland has been repeatedly linked with United since his move to Dortmund, while Real Madrid have also been mooted as a potential future destination.

However, Freund believes he will eventually end up at Anfield.

After German legend Lothar Matthaus suggested Haaland could join Liverpool, Freund replied "He will land there", before adding to Sky90: "He can play for any club in the world.

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"With his mentality, his will and self confidence, he will be able to make a mark on European football in the next ten years."

Freund also opened up about Haaland's exit from the club, adding: "Erling really bit us. The talks with Dortmund were short. They told they had come to an agreement. We didn’t have that much influence on it, but it worked out correctly.

"Many clubs were interested and go it in touch. In the end, it was a decision made by the player."

It comes after Barcelona's former Director of Football Ariedo Braida revealed he attempted to bring Haaland to the Nou Camp before he had burst onto the scene, telling Marca : "I was studying players and I wrote down some names like Haaland … but at the club, they told me no, that he didn't have the Barca profile."

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