Paul Scholes believes Manchester United and Chelsea will be the most ‘desperate’ to sign Erling Haaland this summer as the race for the Borussia Dortmund star heats up.
Haaland is attracting interest from almost every major club in world football following his stunning performances for Dortmund, the forward scoring 49 goals in just 51 appearances in all competitions since arriving in Germany.
The 20-year-old is currently the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League and could be allowed to leave Dortmund this summer, the Bundesliga side currently fifth domestically and looking increasingly likely to miss out on a place in next season’s competition.
Manchester United previously came close to securing his signing before Haaland’s move to the Westfalenstadion and the Red Devils are expected to renew their interest in the Norwegian this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be keen on signing a new centre-forward and former midfielder Scholes believes Haaland is the ‘obvious’ choice for any leading side.
“Haaland’s the obvious one, isn’t he? Harry Kane?” Scholes told BT Sport
“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.”
Scholes was asked whether he believes his former side would spend the sort of money Dortmund will be demanding for Haaland this summer, and believes the Red Devils and Chelsea are the most likely clubs to spend big on securing his services.
“I think they probably would. If it meant getting Haaland, then why not?” he said.
“I think it’s about the club that can pay for him though, I don’t think there is too many of them. Real Madrid or Barcelona, all the noises you hear, they probably couldn’t [afford it].
“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.
“So is he the type of player Pep Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.
“It’s a player United will be desperate for, a player Chelsea will be desperate for.
“They’re probably the two clubs that would be able to afford to pay that fee.”