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Erling Haaland had Bayern Munich as his second choice, never considered Man Utd

Erling Braut Haaland has enjoyed an explosive start to his life at Manchester City, scoring 14 goals in nine games.

The Norwegian superstar is currently leading the Premier League scoring charts (11 goals) and the European Golden Shoe standings.

City had to beat a host of European giants before landing Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £51 million this summer.

Alfie Haaland, the 22-year-old’s father and a former Man City player, has now shed light on how they chose their final destination.

They drew up a short list of clubs and ranked them based on their need for a centre-forward.

Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were the top three on the list.

The Bavarians had thought of recruiting the Norwegian sensation while having Robert Lewandowski at their disposal.

It was reportedly one of the primary reasons why the Polish striker walked out on the club and signed for Barcelona.


Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona were also on the list. Manchester United were not in the running.

In a documentary named ‘Haaland – The Big Decision’, Haaland snr said (h/t the Times): “On our list, I think City is the best team. “[Bayern] Munich is number two. We have Real Madrid as number three, Paris Saint-Germain as number four.

“We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good – Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.”

Haaland will look to continue his impressive scoring run when the Sky Blues face arch-rivals United in the Manchester derby this weekend.

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