Scout who discovered Erling Haaland reveals Arsenal eyed superstar striker before making big transfer mistake

John Vik, who was until recently Molde’s long-term chief scout, has revealed interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and the Gunners in signing the Norwegian superstar ahead of his move to RB Salzburg on a measly 3.5 million pounds.

After unsuccessful tries in Copenhagen and Hoffenheim, Vik claims Haaland was seen by England scouts as a heavy target man as he developed on and off the pitch at Molde.

He told The Athletic: “There’s always been this perception with some English clubs that a striker has to look a certain way, and a centre-half has to look a certain way, and you need a certain way. framework for a certain role.

“When they saw a big striker like Erling, they saw a targeted man and I think they forgot to look at what else he could do.

“Liverpool could have had him. Arsenal could have had him. Everyone was there to watch him but these clubs saw a No9 who was tall and wide and, ‘Oh, he’s going to be a target man. not for the life of me to see why they scaled it down that way.

“I didn’t like him with his back to goal and at the time he couldn’t really direct the ball. I liked when he turned around, when he hunted in the pockets, when he ran between the lines, his movement in the box. He didn’t want to hold the ball, he just wanted to turn and go.

“There will be a lot of clubs kicking each other because we can all see now what he’s good at.”

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