Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha reckons Erling Haaland should choose to join the Red Devils instead of local rivals Manchester City.
The Daily Mail claim Pep Guardiola’s side have struck an agreement with Haaland over personal terms. He is willing to join City this summer, as long as they can sort out a transfer with Borussia Dortmund.
The Norway forward will take home over £500,000 a week as part of the deal. He will therefore become the highest earner in the Premier League, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne.
The transfer is not finalised, although it is close to being sorted. Guardiola remains coy on the subject, though, repeatedly saying he cannot comment on Haaland’s future.
Saha, who played for Manchester United between 2004 and 2008, thinks the Old Trafford club should come in with a late steal for Haaland.
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He wants the 21-year-old to show patience by joining Erik ten Hag’s project, rather than Guardiola’s finished article. It’s a rather ambitious stance, to say the least.
When asked if United can still acquire top talent this summer, despite their poor season, Saha replied (via Goal): “Yes, they will still recognise that United is a huge club, and the club will get the respect it deserves.
“Haaland is young and ready for a step up. At the moment there are obviously bigger destinations where Champions League football is guaranteed, where trophies are maybe more likely.
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“I understand that. But the player is smart enough to understand that United will be back at the top, that’s for sure. And he will fit the bill.
“That’s what United are looking for. Someone who can guarantee goals, will definitely play for many, many years and who knows, could even break records.”
Saha also spoke about Haaland’s Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham. He could return to England in the next few years after impressing in the Bundesliga.
“Jude Bellingham is the number eight that the club require,” Saha added. “But we also need a defensive midfielder that is way more capable of defending, so you need to find the right balance.”