Paul Scholes has admitted he has concerns that Manchester City have an advantage over Manchester United in the race to sign Erling Haaland.
Haaland is believed to of interest to a number of clubs around Europe ahead of the summer transfer window. The striker has caught the eye again this season with his prolific displays for Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old has 33 goals and 10 assists in 34 games in all competitions.
And reports in recent weeks suggest that his agent, Mino Raiola, is actively talking to clubs about doing a deal. He has been seen in both Madrid and Barcelona, as well as England.
In the Premier League, United, City and Chelsea are all said to be keen. However, the forward would prefer a move to one of the Manchester clubs if he is to move to the Premier League.
Therefore, a bidding war could be on the cards between the two teams in the coming months. But Scholes believes that the already established links between the Sky Blues and the Haaland family could be the decisive factor.
“You have to think about his dad as well with the City link,’ Scholes told talkSPORT2 (via Daily Mail). “That could be strong in this situation.
“But let’s see. Fingers crossed, if he does move, that he comes to the red side of Manchester.”
Erling’s father, Alf-Inge, played for City between 2000 and 2003, making 41 appearances. The current Denmark international has also been pictured wearing a City shirt as a child.
Haaland ‘perfect’ for Man Utd
Despite those worries, Scholes has told his former employers to do all they can to ensure Haaland ends up at Old Trafford.
He believes he would be the ideal recruit for the Red Devils, whose manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with Haaland at Molde.
“He’s got that relationship with Ole and we all know how good he is,’ Scholes added.
“Man United are desperate for a number nine, an all-out centre-forward. Haaland would be the perfect choice, of course he would.”
Solskjaer is reportedly making regular contact with Haaland as he attempts to convince him to link up with him again.