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top target Paul Scholes identifies the two clubs that could afford to sign Erling Haaland this summer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erling Haaland (PA/AP)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erling Haaland (PA/AP)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erling Haaland (PA/AP)

He is the striker every top club in Europe would want to sign this summer, but Erling Haaland may only have two teams to pick from if he is to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

That's the verdict of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, who suggests Real Madrid and Barcelona may not have the financial muscle to sign the Norway striker.

He also believes Manchester City will opt out of a deal that may be worth in excess of £150million on financial grounds and also due to the fact Haaland would not fit into Pep Guardiola's style of play.

That analysis leaves Scholes to conclude only two clubs could afford to sign Haaland, who has also been linked with a switch to Liverpool.

"I think it's about the club who could pay for him, I don't think there's too many of them," he told BT Sport.

"You think of Real Madrid and Barcelona, all the noises you hear, they probably couldn’t pay that type of money.”

"Man City don't look like they want to pay that type of money. To be fair, Guardiola, they very rarely play with a No.9 anyway, even when he’s had both (Sergio) Aguero and (Gabriel) Jesus fit. He’s hardly played them. Is that the type of player that Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.

"It's a player United will be desperate for, Chelsea will be desperate for, they're probably the two clubs who I think could afford to pay that this summer.

"Who should it be (for United to sign? Haaland's the obvious one, 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 will probably have the choice of any club in Europe."

Dortmund continue to insist they are not planning to sell Haaland this summer, but with a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for €75million in the summer of 2022, there is a feeling a big-money offer could tempt his club to cash in.

United were reluctant to spend big money last summer and there have been suggestions that they will not have the finances to sign a player they missed out on in January 2020, but Haaland is a player who has worked with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before and that connection could be a factor in his final decision.

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