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Man United encouraged to sign Erling Haaland over Harry Kane next summer

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Manchester United were sensible not to make a big-money move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane this summer.

That is according to former England and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who believes the Reds would be better suited making a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland next summer.

Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, but it is United’s cross-city rivals, Manchester City, that have been chasing his signature all summer long, although their ambitions of signing him have recently come to an end.

Whilst United have successfully strengthened their central-defensive and right-wing options this summer, signing both Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, landing a new striker is set to be their top priority in next summer’s window, with the club having already settled on Haaland as their top target to strengthen that particular area of the squad.

And for Robinson, swooping for Haaland makes much more sense, although he has admitted that competition for the 21-year-old’s signature will be high.

“There will be a lot of competition for Haaland,” Robinson told Football Insider. “More clubs will be interested in Haaland than Kane because he is so young and I think that is why we haven’t seen United go in for Kane.

“When you think about it, £150 million for a 27-year-old who’s injury record is not very good, it’s not the best value for money.

“When you look at Haaland, who is 20 with stats as good as Kane, the deal makes more financial sense.

“I think the Haaland deal will cost around £150-200 million overall when you include wages and agent fees. It’s a lot of money but it probably is more appealing to a club like Man United than paying £150 million for Kane.

“One thing is for sure, it is certainly a position they need to strengthen in.”

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