Paul Scholes has claimed that Manchester United should prioritise a move for Erling Haaland instead of Harry Kane.
The former United midfielder believes that age and ability make him the front runner to become the club’s new marksman.
The Borussia Dortmund forward’s future in Germany has been the subject of media speculation after his agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge were both pictured in Spain to hold talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid (Daily Mail).
Kane revealed late last month that he will not decide his Tottenham future until after he returns from international duty with England following this summer’s Euros (Sky Sports).
While Scholes admitted that he would ‘take’ a move for Kane, it would be Haaland that would be the first choice given the longevity that he could bring as a 20-year-old.
Kane was linked with a move to Manchester United last April with the Mail On Sunday claiming that Daniel Levy would have been willing to sanction a £200million move.
First and foremost, they need a number nine,” Scholes told the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.
“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.
“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.
“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.
“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.
“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.
“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.
“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”
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