Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen argue over the best club suited for Manchester United transfer target Erling Haaland

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Liverpool to sign Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is one of the world’s most in-demand strikers at the moment and is expected to leave Germany next summer when his release clause between €75 million (£63m) and €100m (£84m) can be triggered.

The 21-year-old has already established himself as one of Europe’s leading goalscorers with 70 goals in 69 appearances for the German side.

Former Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made efforts to bring the Norway international to Old Trafford, but the deal failed.

But Ferdinand believes Haaland would be better suited to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds than other interested clubs including Manchester United.

“I think he suits other teams better [than Manchester City],” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“If I was Liverpool I would take him right now.

“If he goes to Liverpool that’s a devastating front three. I don’t think it’s as hard for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool. It’s a different system.

“You see Jack Grealish has gone to Man City, [he is a] top player, brilliant player, we all love watching him, but it’s quite hard to adapt and get into that team. Not many players go there and adapt immediately.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes Manchester City would be the best fit for Haaland and feels Mohamed Salah’s goal record could suffer if the Dortmund striker moved to Anfield.

“When Liverpool are at their best they leave a hole up front in the centre. Firmino or Jota will come off [for] those runs inside. I’m not sure Salah would get as many goals if Haaland was in the team,” said Owen.

“It’s an unbelievable prospect but I would’ve thought that Manchester City would be the likeliest [destination].

“I’m not sure if there is a bit of bad blood between Haaland, his agent, obviously his dad [Alf-Inge] playing against Roy Keane at Manchester United.

“I’m not sure Manchester United would fit. [Romelu] Lukaku has just gone to Chelsea and I’m not sure if would fit at Liverpool. Personally I think Man City.”

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