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Why Haaland may shun Man City and opt for Chelsea

Chelsea may have the edge over Manchester City in their pursuit of Erling Haaland, says Paul Merson.

Haaland is a transfer target for Europe’s biggest teams, with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and others all reportedly interested in the Borussia Dortmund striker.

Chelsea are understood to be weighing a summer move for the youngster, who has 39 goals in 41 games in just over a year for Dortmund, and Merson believes no team are in more need for Haaland than the Blues.

With City looking for a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, Haaland has been linked with a move to Manchester, but it is Chelsea who may be a more attractive option.

“Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“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. Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league.”

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