Graeme Souness believes Manchester United should sign ‘proven Premier League performer’ Harry Kane ahead of Erling Haaland.
The Red Devils have been linked with moves for both Kane, 27, and Haaland, 20, ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Tottenham and England striker Kane has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over the past seven seasons, scoring 219 goals in 330 appearances for Spurs.
Haaland, meanwhile, is rated as one of the most exciting players in world football, having starred for Borussia Dortmund and RB Salzburg since 2019.
Souness claims Manchester United would become ‘real contenders’ if they signed Kane or Haaland – but says the England star would be his first-choice pick.
‘For Manchester United to get closer to Manchester City next season, their priority this summer has to be to sign a top striker and it looks like a few may be on the market,’ Souness told The Times.
‘If they could get either Erling Haaland or Harry Kane, they would become real contenders.
‘If you pushed me, I’d go for Kane, who turns 28 this summer, because he’s a proven performer in the Premier League and still has several years left at his peak. The only question mark is the ankle injuries he seems susceptible to.
‘With Haaland, who is only 20, you will pay a premium for his enormous potential. We’ve seen Kai Havertz and Timo Werner do well in Germany, then come to Chelsea and find life more difficult in England.
‘Will Haaland be like that? I don’t think so, because he’s more powerful and aggressive than they are, but he didn’t score in the two games against City and it’s a possibility.
‘Would he be open to moving to Old Trafford? Maybe not, maybe he grew up disliking them because of what happened to his dad, Alf-Inge, who was seriously injured playing against them.’
Manchester United have enjoyed a largely promising campaign, climbing to second in the Premier League table and reaching the Europa League semi-finals.
On Sunday evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face relegation-battlers Burnley at Old Trafford.
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