Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Erling Haaland’s battle is a two-horse race between Chelsea and Manchester United.
The two Premier League giants have been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar, who is valued at around £150million. Despite Dortmund insisting they will keep the 20-year-old, Scholes believes they might let go.
Responding to what type of forward Solskjaer will target, he said, “Haaland’s the obvious one, isn’t he? Harry Kane?
“These types of players, will they come to Manchester United at this point? Can United pay the money for them?
“I think they probably can, I think it’s up to them which club they choose. I think the two of them would probably have the choice of any club in Europe,” he added.
According to Scholes, only Manchester United and Chelsea will afford the Norwegian. He believes that between finances and need, Chelsea and United could be the last two standing.
When asked if his former side will spend big he responded, “I think they probably would. If it meant getting Haaland, then why not?
“I think it’s about the club that can pay for him though; I don’t think there are too many of them. Real Madrid or Barcelona all the noises you hear, they probably couldn’t,” he claims.
“City don’t look like they want to pay. To be fair, with Guardiola, they very rarely play with a No.9 anyway. Even when he’s had [Sergio] Aguero and [Gabriel] Jesus, he’s hardly played them,” Scholes continued.
He also claims that Haaland is the type of player United and Chelsea want but not sure if Pep Guardiola wants him at City.
“So is he the type of player Pep Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is,” he said.
“It’s a player United will be desperate for, a player Chelsea will be desperate for,” he claims. “They’re probably the two clubs that would be able to afford to pay that fee.”