Chelsea are ready to push to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer and are ready to break their club transfer record to close the deal.
Since arriving in Dortmund in January 2020, Haaland has continued his ascent to the top of the football mountain. His tally of 35 goals in as many games for the club has seen the 20-year-old garner the interest of almost every top executive on the planet.
Manchester United and Manchester City are excited, while Real Madrid are reportedly leading the race for Haaland’s signing, but Athletic’s Simon Johnson has revealed Chelsea are hoping to jump in and secure a deal this summer.
Sources confirmed at 90 mins in December, Chelsea had expressed interest to representatives for Haaland, but the Blues feared City would hatch a proposal that would lead the Norway international to the Etihad instead.
However, Chelsea believe most of their rivals are willing to delay their offers until 2022 when Haaland will have a release clause of around £ 66million, so they’re ready to dive in this year and pay off. a supplement to sign it.
There is a realization that Dortmund will demand a substantial figure for Haaland, but Chelsea have already decided they are ready to exceed the £ 80million they agreed to pay Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz to close a deal. agreement.
Bringing in a world-class striker is believed to be one of the club’s priorities. Olivier Giroud is due to leave this summer and Frank Lampard wants someone else to compete with Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.
On Werner, this pursuit of Haaland does not reflect the German struggles in front of goal. Chelsea don’t see Haaland as a replacement for him, but rather as a player who can complement his skills and bring out the best in him.
It is understood that the Blues are already planning another summer spending spree. In addition to Haaland, who may well approach the £ 100million mark, Chelsea are also keen on West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who has been valued at £ 80million in the past.
Club owner Roman Abramovich will have to dig deep in his pockets if he is to see these deals come to fruition, but Chelsea will certainly have to offload some of their fringe players to make these plans a reality.
While it is unlikely to build another £ 200million war chest, Chelsea can raise a significant sum if they can find buyers for Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho, who are all facing an uncertain future at the club.
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