April 19, 2021

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Andy Cole tips Erling Haaland to join Manchester City over rivals Manchester United

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Erling Haaland is expected to leave Dortmund this summer (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland will end up across the city at another of his former clubs, Manchester City.

The Norwegian held talks with the Red Devils over a move to Old Trafford in December 2019 but United were unhappy with the insistence of Mino Raiola that a £62m release clause was inserted into any deal taking the striker to the club.

That saw Haaland opt for Dortmund over Manchester but the 20-year-old is expected to depart this summer, having scored 43 goals in 43 games for the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently admitted that he’s still keeping an eye on Haaland, who he gave his first team debut to at the age of 16 at Molde.

But Cole – who played for both United and City – says Haaland will move to the blue half of Manchester because Pep Guardiola’s side represent a greater chance of silverware.

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Haaland had the chance to join United in 2019 (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

‘To get these guys to come, Haaland for instance, you’ve got to entice them with something,’ Cole told the Mirror.

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‘You’ve got to entice them with the possibility of winning silverware or being a year away from it.

‘These guys are going to have other options, possibly Manchester City, LiverpoolChelseaReal Madrid, maybe Barcelona.

‘If you’re playing and have the option of all these clubs, where would United really figure at this moment in time?

‘Even though I love United, I don’t think the club now can ride on its name alone, especially when you’re trying to bring these players in.

‘It’s not like when I signed for United. We have to be brutally honest, back then everybody wanted to go there

‘We’re talking 2021 now. Does everyone want to go to United now? I’m not quite sure everyone wants to now.’

United are expected to trigger a 12-month extension clause in Edinson Cavani’s contract to keep the Uruguayan at the club for another year.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer wants to sign a striker this summer to fill the position for the long-term and the club remain convinced that Haaland could be that man.

However, United remain reluctant to deal with Raiola – particularly given Paul Pogba is likely to leave at the end of the campaign.

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