The Norway international, who has six goals in nine caps for his country, is only outscored this season by Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo across Europe’s top five leagues.
And United, Chelsea and City are all eager to make the Scandinavian their new No 9, with City this week confirming that Sergio Aguero will depart at the end of the season.
United and Chelsea are meanwhile looking for a younger centre-forward to usurp Edinson Cavani and Olivier Giroud respectively as they seek to catch Pep Guardiola’s champions elect at the summit of the English top flight.
The Athletic say however that the duo think City are out in front for the striker with Real Madrid and Barcelona the other major clubs said to be showing real interest in a deal, which is expected to cost well over £100million.
It is claimed that City have made contact with Leeds-born Haaland’s father Alf-Inge, who spent three seasons as a player himself with the club between 2000 and 2003, having made him their No 1 target to succeed club legend Aguero.
The 48-year-old was famously on the end of a brutal Roy Keane challenge in April 2001 which left his left knee damaged and the incident has led to question marks over whether he would want his son playing for United.
Both United and Chelsea though think Haaland is more likely to sign with City than them at present, while Real Madrid and Barca will be desperately scrambling around to find the finances to try and rival the Citizens.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola this week made it clear that he believes the Norwegian is ready for a move to one of Europe’s very elite, although Dortmund are into the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
While transfer expert Fabrizio Romano offered an update on the rat race to sign Haaland in conversation with GiveMeSport this week, saying: “In this moment I see [a move to] Liverpool [being] complicated and and let’s see what happens with Manchester United.
“For sure Solskjaer wants him but it’s not easy to sign him this summer because his release clause is for next summer.
“So you have to deal with Borussia Dortmund, negotiate with Borussia Dortmund, it won’t be easy.
“Manchester City are looking for a striker 100 per cent. Chelsea are looking for a striker too, so keep an eye on Chelsea, keep an eye on Manchester City, always on Manchester United.
“And I will say Real Madrid in Spain more than Barcelona because for sure Barcelona president [Joan] Laporta is in love with Haaland but spending this money this summer will be difficult for Barca.”