Paul Scholes says Manchester United and Chelsea could afford Erling Haaland … and is confident his former side would be willing to pay the £ 150 million needed for the coveted striker.
- Erling Haaland is sought after by the biggest clubs in Europe
- Paul Scholes says Manchester United and Chelsea could pay him
- The ex-United player thinks they can spend £ 150 million on Haaland
- He also doubted Pep Guardiola would sign the Norwegian star
Paul Scholes has said that Manchester United and Chelsea are the two clubs that could afford Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The 20-year-old is the most in-demand striker in world football and has been associated with many top clubs across Europe.
Speculation about his future has increased, with reports from his agent Mino Raiola speaking to some of Europe’s biggest parties about a possible move from the Bundesliga.
Dortmund forward Erling Haaland is one of the hottest properties in world football right now
Paul Scholes says Chelsea and Manchester United could afford the Norwegian star
After Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Granada, BT Sport host Jake Humphrey asked club legend Paul Scholes if his former squad would pay £ 150 million for the Norwegian.
Scholes said, “I think they would. If it meant getting Haaland, why not?
‘I think it’s about who can pay him. Real Madrid and Barcelona, all the sounds you hear cannot afford that kind of money.
‘Manchester City don’t look like they want to pay that kind of money. And to be fair, Guardiola is barely playing with a number nine.
They’ve barely played (Sergio) Aguero and (Gabriel) Jesus this season, so is that the kind of player Guardiola wants? I’m not sure it is.
Paul Scholes also doubted Manchester City would want to sign Haaland
‘He is a United player and Chelsea would be desperate. I think they will be the two clubs that can probably afford him. ‘
Fellow BT Sport expert Owen Hargreaves said he felt that Haaland would make the choice based on what is the ‘right fit’ for him.
He said, ‘This is not about money. It’s about the right fit. What’s the best team for him?
Is that Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, maybe Barcelona to help (Lionel) Messi stay. I can’t think of a player so young and wanted by everyone. ‘