Arsenal handed boost in race to sign £85m goal scoring machine

By on November 14, 2019

The interlull is in full swing so Arsenal related news is thin on the ground but there is some interesting transfer gossip doing the rounds.

According to The Sun, Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after Barcelona refused to meet Salzburg’s £85m valuation for the teenage wonderkid.

Haaland – who is the son of former Leeds Utd star Alfe Inge Haaland – has emerged as one of the most sought-after young players on the planet after enjoying a sensational start to the new season that’s seen him score an incredible 27 goals in just 18 appearances in all competitions.

And not all of them have come in the Austrian league as the 19-year-old is the top scorer in the Champions League with 7 goals already despite Salzburg being in a tough group that consists of Liverpool and Napoli.

Understandably, Haaland is attracting a lot of attention from Europe’s elite clubs and The Sun says Arsenal are among those who’re showing a keen interest along with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona.

However, the newspaper says Arsenal’s hopes of winning the race for his signature have been handed a boost after Barca refused to meet Salzburg’s £85m valuation as they don’t feel it’s in-line with his market value.

Obviously £85m is a huge amount of money for a teenager but Haaland is a unique talent and you can’t argue with his goal scoring prowess as he’s proven himself at the highest level in the Champs League this season.

Arsenal are struggling to tie Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette down to new contracts so the club could be eyeing Haaland as a long-term replacement but it’s difficult to see us being able to afford £85m after spending £72m on Nicolas Pepe in the summer.

Man Utd will also be tough competition if the youngster wants to follow in his fathers footsteps and play in England as they have the money plus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with Haaland during their time together at Molde.

Let’s see how things go but I’m not getting my hopes up on seeing Haaland in an Arsenal shirt any time soon as I think there will be too much competition when he leaves Salzburg.