ERLING HAALAND should snub the two Manchester clubs and join Chelsea instead, according to Paul Merson.
And the Sky Sports pundit reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target a mega Harry Kane transfer instead.
Manchester United were linked with signing Haaland before he joined Borussia Dortmund last season.
The Red Devils continue to be interested – as do Pep Guardiola's City and Real Madrid with respective long-term replacements for Sergio Aguero and Karim Benzema needed.
But Merse thinks Haaland is better of at Stamford Bridge and could be the final piece in Thomas Tuchel's puzzle.
He told the Daily Star: "Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most.
"They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.
"And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age.
"I’m not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play as much.
"But for whoever gets him, it will be worth it. He puts up numbers and he keeps on doing it.
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"Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league."
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and veteran Edinson Cavani have all featured centrally but Merson thinks United should also be targeting a new No9 to propel them back to the top.
And with reports suggesting Ed Woodward is prepared to splash the cash, the ex-Arsenal forward identified the Spurs and England man as the ideal candidate.
He added: "Manchester United should also be in for Haaland.
"Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United.
"If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level.
"But do they go for Harry Kane instead? Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance.
"But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland."
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