Borussia Dortmund are confident Erling Haaland will resist offers from a trio of English clubs to remain in Germany for at least one more season.
Manchester City, United and Chelsea are all interested in signing the Norway international this summer in a deal worth around £150m.
But Dortmund have been adamant for some time that the 20-year-old will not be leaving this summer, and as United discovered last year in their failed pursuit of Jadon Sancho, are unlikely to be bullied into selling against their wishes.
Haaland has given no indication in public what he would like to happen at the end of the season, although reports in Germany have indicated he will seek a move if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Dortmund are currently fifth in the Bundesliga, one point behind Eintracht Frankfurt in the final qualification spot.
Haalnd and his agent, the divisive Mino Raiola, embarked on a tour of suitor clubs earlier this year, feeding into the idea one of the most sought after players in the world would leave Dortmund this summer.
The former Red Bull Salzburg star has a release clause in his contract that will activate at the end of next season which will allow him to leave for just £65m. Dortmund could get more than double that if they were to allow him to move 12 months early.
But Dortmund sporting director, Sebastian Kehl, insists he is convinced Haaland will remain at the club.'I understand that Erling Haaland will play for Borussia Dortmund in the new season,' Kehl told the Sport1 broadcaster's Doppelpass program.
'Erling totally agrees. I see him every day and I can say that he completely identifies with the club.”
He also addressed concerns that the player’s agent will look to alter their time schedule. He added: “I've known Raiola for a long time and get along well with him. It's no problem for us. Erling Haaland will remain a Borussia Dortmund player next year”
Those are not words that will be welcomed at the top end of the Premier League, although it is unlikely to prevent the three English clubs who can afford Haaland making a bid to test Dortmund’s resolve, along with the player’s commitment to remaining in Germany.
City have already confirmed that record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave next month and have an obvious need for a new centre forward.
Chelsea have also identified Haaland as the final piece in a title winning jigsaw, while United tried to sign Haaland before he decided to join Dortmund less than 18 months ago.
United, though, are desperately trying to persuade Edinson Cavani to sign another one year deal, which hints manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - who knows the player well - believes Haaland is either staying in Germany or does not want the move to Old Trafford.