Manchester United 'in touch with Ronaldo' but 'cannot afford Haaland'

Manchester United ‘are in touch with Cristiano Ronaldo and front of the queue for £80m Jadon Sancho… but Ed Woodward has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they CAN’T afford £130m Erling Haaland and WON’T spend £120m for Harry Kane’

  • The club want to avoid another ‘Sancho saga’ with Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland
  • United ‘will not spend £120m on one player but could do deal with player trades’
  • A high-profile return for Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, could reportedly be on the cards 
  • A move for Sancho is ‘now more likely as Dortmund have dropped their price tag’
  • Red Devils are also ‘looking at a centre-back, right-back and holding midfielder’ 

Manchester United are reportedly in talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over a sensational return and are leading the race for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, but may be priced out of moves for strikers Harry Kane and Erling Haaland. 

The club face a crucial summer transfer window after another Premier League season finishing well behind champions and rivals Manchester City, with several high-profile players earmarked for a costly rebuild.

And according to the Athletic, Tottenham forward Kane and Haaland may be too pricey but potential transfers for Ronaldo, 36, and Sancho – who they tried and failed to sign last summer – are more financially viable options. 

Manchester United could be priced out of a move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane (right)

United want a proven striker but Erling Haaland (left) and Kane (right) may prove too expensive

Dortmund star Haaland, 20, was said to be United’s top target at the start of the year but his agent Mino Raiola made it known a fee of £130million – plus steep agent fees and half a million a week in wages – priced United out of a move.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward therefore told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to steer clear of a move to avoid another protracted saga like they experienced with Haaland’s team-mate Sancho last summer, with Dortmund’s Champions League qualification also understood to be a factor in the Norwegian staying.

Despite veteran Edinson Cavani, 34, remaining at Old Trafford for another season, the club are still in the market for an established, first-team striker – with Kane under consideration.

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The club are said to be in contact with Cristiano Ronaldo over a sensational summer return

The club is ‘in a better place to sign Jadon Sancho as Dortmund have reduced the asking price’

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