Man Utd urged to sign Erling Haaland alternative who Chelsea have ‘no chance’ of buying
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Manchester United have been recommended Harry Kane as an alternative to Erling Braut Haaland if they cannot sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an admirer of Haaland’s abilities and managed his fellow Norwegian at Molde. Since then, the 20-year-old’s stock has shot up after goal-rich spells with Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund.
In Germany, Haaland has managed 38 goals and nine assists in just 40 matches despite his age, including eight in just six Champions League outings.
United and Chelsea are both keeping tabs on the Norway international with the view to potentially signing the frontman this summer or in 2022, when a release clause in his contract makes him available for less than £70million.
But Arsenal legend and Chelsea fan Paul Merson thinks it is the Blues who need Haaland most, with the Londoners looking for a new No 9 to help fire them into Premier League title contention.
The Red Devils also want a new centre forward with summer signing Edinson Cavani, who joined on a free from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, turning 34 tomorrow (Sunday).
Yet Merson believes Tottenham captain Harry Kane should be on United’s wishlist, with the 27-year-old having repeatedly made it clear he wants to win silverware.
Spurs have not won a trophy since 2008 but face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in April and may face a battle to keep the England international, who has 21 goals and 14 assists in just 31 games this term, if they do not win a cup competition this term.
And Merson reckons United could land Kane even though Chelsea would have “no chance” of doing so due to their rivalry with Spurs.
Merson wrote in the Daily Star: “Manchester United should also be in for him [Haaland]. Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United.
“If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level. But do they go for Harry Kane instead?
“Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance. But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland.”
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho however declared this week that he is relaxed about the need to win trophies in order to keep Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“To win a trophy, he just needs to win one game. I know that it is a big, difficult game,” the Portuguese coach said.
“I know that it is against probably the team that is going to win the Premier League this year, so I think it is a very difficult final that we will have to play.
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“But to win a trophy, we just need to win a match. You have to ask Harry, but I think ‘to wait’ is not the right way to describe it. Is to fight for it, is to fight for it.
“But it’s something very personal that I think he is the right guy to have a conversation with you about it.”
Meanwhile discussing Haaland’s talents this week, United boss Solskjaer hinted to Norwegian outlet VG that the Red Devils could make an approach for the striker this summer or in 18 months’ time.
He said: “Erling will have a fantastic career. I’m following Erling. I’ve always said that. Was it 18 months we had together or something? Almost two years, maybe. A wonderful time.
“He will definitely have a great career for both Norway and his club. He is doing incredibly well for Dortmund, so we’ll see where he ends up.
“As a Norwegian and someone who has worked with him, it is of course fun that he does so well. We will do what we can to become a better team and he will do what he can to become better player.
“Where does he end up? I don’t want to say anything other than that I wish him all the best. The choice he makes is up to him.
“He will have a long, long, long career that will surpass most of what Norwegian football players have experienced.”
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