Manchester United came close to signing Haaland in January 2020.
However, despite jetting out to Austria to talk with the forward, they ended up missing out to German giants Borussia Dortmund instead.
Yet interest remains. United still see Haaland as a player for the future, believing he’d be a great player to take Old Trafford by storm.
They’re not going to go after him this summer after managing to tie Cavani down to a new contract, with the Uruguay international set to lead the line next season.
But United are instead primed to pursue Haaland next summer.
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants Haaland now but Dortmund are adamant he won’t be allowed to leave, especially after already losing Jadon Sancho.
Barcelona would prefer to wait until next year so they can get their finances in order, with the coronavirus crisis impacting their spending.
And that’s a similar story with Real Madrid, who also have a massive £750million renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu to pay for.
In April, Paul Scholes urged United to sign Haaland over Harry Kane.
“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said.
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“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.
“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.
“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.
“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.
“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.
“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.
“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”
United also admirer Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
However, Manchester City are still pressing to sign the England international and are hopeful he’ll rock up at the Etihad Stadium to replace Sergio Aguero.
And that means United may have no choice but to go after Haaland as an alternative instead.