Three clubs that should look at signing Erling Braut Haaland
Erling Braut Haaland announced himself on the European stage in some style when the 19-year-old's three-goal haul against Genk on his UEFA Champions League debut for Salzburg made him the youngest player after Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez (18 years 113 days) against Ferencvaros in 1994-95, and Wayne Rooney (18 years 340 days) for Manchester United against Fenerbahce in 2004-05 to score a hat-trick in the competition.
In the process, Braut Haaland became the first player since Yacine Brahimi (for Porto in 2014-15), and the eighth player overall to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut. The stock of the young Norwegian began to rise when he scored a goal in his first European game in the country of his birth, as Salzburg fell to a 3-4 defeat to Liverpool in Anfield.
Braut Haaland's brace in Salzburg's 2-3 home defeat to Napoli on Matchday 3 made him the first player in the Champions League to score six goals in his first three games in the competition.
Braut Haaland's goal in Salzburg's 1-1 draw at Napoli made him one of only four players to score in each of his first four Champions League games, the others being Ze Carlos (FC Porto), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) and Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid).
The teenager's exploits in his first season in the Champions League haven't gone unnoticed, as the big clubs across the continent are preparing to jostle for Braut Haaland's signature. Let us look at three sides, in no particular order, which would be enriched by the arrival of the teen prodigy amidst their ranks.
#3 RB Leipzig
An youthful RB Leipzig side who are sitting in second place in the Bundesliga, above defending champions Bayern Munich, is a very lucrative potential destination for Braut Haaland.
Under the tutelage of the Bundesliga's youngest manager, Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig have played an attractive brand of attacking football this season, scoring 29 league goals in the process.
Unlike at other established clubs, Haaland could get immediate game-time at Leipzig, and is almost guaranteed to play in the Champions League where he has made an instant impact in his debut season.