Can Erling Haaland light up the Premier League?

Red Bull Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland is rumoured to have visited Arsenal, with the intention of a possible transfer to the Gunners in the January.

The impressive youngster has had an eye-catching season so far after finding the net 26 times in just 18 appearances for Salzburg. It has been widely reported that many of the top European teams are interested in the 19-year-old, including English giants Manchester United who, like rivals Arsenal, offered the teenage goal machine the chance to view their impressive training complex in the hopes of turning the teenager’s head away from Salzburg.

However, a move to the Emirates Stadium would come as quite the shock if the transfer were to come in, as Arsenal already have huge talents in the striking department such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli, and with the hefty price tag that Haaland will come with, many fans believe other positions could be bolstered.

Although the duo of Aubameyang and Lacazette have both been turning heads, if either of Emery’s big-name strikers were to leave the London club, another centre forward would need to be acquired to help Arsenal to compete with teams in the Premier League and in Europe.

It is understood that Haaland’s father wishes the youngster to move to the Bundesliga with sister club RB Leipzig and champions Bayern Munich both  interested in the Norwegian’s talents to lead their respective attacking forces. However, it is undeniable that if big money offers from the Premier League were to be received, it would be incredibly difficult to ignore – especially with talk of his salary doubling.

Leipzig hold a key advantage in the race for Haaland as they have the option to sign him for just €30 million next summer, as a result of the relationship between them and Salzburg. English teams, meanwhile, have been quoted closer to €85 million, which would almost certainly be too much for Arsenal, who spent the majority of their transfer funds on failing winger Nicolas Pépé during the summer.

The quoted fee is more appealing to Manchester United who have found it increasingly difficult to find a consistent talisman as evidenced by their current position of 7th in the Premier League. Solskjaer has stressed to the United fans that his focus remains the development of young players, a category that Haaland certainly falls into.

By Aaron Purewal

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