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Norway No2 Hansen: Man Utd, Barca want Haaland; let's see him against Van Dijk

Norway assistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.

The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in the 6-2 win marked Haaland as the third youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick after Raul, with Real Madrid, in 1995 and Wayne Rooney, when a Manchester United player, in 2004.

Haaland's emergence has attracted interest from Europe's biggest clubs - including Barcelona and Manchester United, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his former Molde coach, is now in charge.

Hansen is well aware of the clubs keen, though insists national team management would prefer he stay with RB Salzburg and maintain his development.

He told VG, "It is a perfect venue for him, with confidence and playing time for the biggest club in Austria, and with Champions League games as well.

"There is good interest from clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, but we are very pleased with where he is. The choices he has made so far have been perfect, and he has plenty of time. Chances will come."

Haaland is the son of son of former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland.

He will soon come up against Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk in the Champions League. A challenge Hansen is eager to see Haaland confront.

"It's going to be quite another fight. Then he gets to see what it's like to play against the very best, and to see him against Van Dijk becomes a fun duel," added Hansen.

- updated September 23

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