Arsenal challenge put forward to Erling Haaland as he ponders transfer decision

Erling Haaland’s future remains uncertain with his Borussia Dortmund release clause set to be a factor but the striker has been urged to consider challenging himself at Arsenal

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Erling Haaland has been challenged to take a team back to the top if he does decide to leave Borussia Dortmund.

The Norwegian striker is arguably the hottest property in Europe having enjoyed a rapid rise.

He is averaging more than a goal per game for the German side this term having smashed home 41 in as many games last season.

Interest in Haaland is rife, especially given his £65m release clause is set to come into play this summer.

The likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea have all been linked with the 21-year-old, who is tipped as a future Ballon d’Or winner.

But former Gunner Jens Lehmann believes signing for someone like Arsenal or Manchester United would represent a unique challenge – and potentially further his legacy.

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Erling Haaland has been in red hot form ever since he joined Borussia Dortmund

United were keen on Haaland before he left Red Bull Salzburg and thought they were leading the chase, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer working with the striker earlier in his career.

Arsenal haven’t been linked with the Norwegian, but a switch to the Emirates would allow him to “make a difference”.

Lehmann told Bild : “He already has an imposing stature; the force and height. Of course, he has to improve his [right] foot but I have never seen such a big, big player be so fast.

“He’s still [at Dortmund]. There aren’t that many clubs where he can go and where he can make a difference.

“Maybe he could go to Manchester United or Arsenal, where he could bring a club back to the top.”

Arsenal haven’t won a league title for almost two decades whilst United are without a trophy in 5 years and haven’t won the top flight since 2013.

Despite all the transfer talk Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke insists no decision has been made on Haaland’s future.

He hit back recently at reports the striker was set to leave, claiming the decision will rest with them.

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“It has not yet been decided whether it will really leave in the summer,” Watzke has told Sport 1 . “We’ll just have a look. I heard someone say: ‘They have to sell Haaland because they are listed on the stock exchange.’

“This is all bull***t. The decision whether someone is sold at our company is made by the management and only by the management.”

Arsenal have made an effort to sign younger players with the likes of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard all arriving.

Mikel Arteta could also be seeking a new forward if Alexandre Lacazette does decide to leave.

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