Erling Haaland nearly completed EVERTON transfer in 2018 but were pipped by Salzburg as star prepares for Man City move

ERLING HAALAND is poised to finally move to the North West of England in the next few days – but he could have come to play in the region four years ago.

The 21-year-old Manchester City target was being tracked by Everton before he signed for Red Bull Salzburg in summer 2018.

His father Alf-Inge revealed the Toffees' interest while giving a speech at an event to promote the Haaland Academy in Dortmund earlier in the spring.

Former City forward Uwe Rosler – who now works as a pundit for German TV – was listening in.

And he noted how Haaland Sr explained why every decision they had taken for young Erling was carefully thought through.

Rosler told the Forever Blue podcast: “Alfie made a speech about talent and his son, the way they chose the clubs from the beginning and I was very impressed.

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“In the speech he mentioned that they had not gone to one club for the coach.

“They went only for the project, they went for the track record because coaches come and go in the modern game.

“Molde – was a top team, of course they had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they won the league but they had a very good track record of getting the most talented players from Norway.

“Next they went to Salzburg. There was a lot of interest from Juventus, they could have gone to England – he mentioned in the speech that Everton was in.

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“But they went to Salzburg – who are well known for buying the best young players in Europe and developing them.

“Then he went to Dortmund and he took the Bundesliga by storm.”

Haaland’s father has worked closely with agent Mino Raiola – who passed away last month – and also a personal assistant.

Rosler said: “Every decision that ‘Team Haaland’ took, they took it for Erling.

“It’s a very small team around him – but they function really well.”

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