Chelsea’s interest in Erling Haaland remains strong and they are working out ways to complete a deal with Borussia Dortmund, despite serious doubts over whether they could afford such a transfer.
He’s just 20 years old (not that you could tell it from his humungous frame and incredible footballing ability) but Haaland is already widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
He’s scored 57 goals in just 59 games since arriving for Molde, but Dortmund find themselves in a difficult position, with a £65m release clause in his contract set to become active from next summer. It means that if Dortmund want to sell him for anything close to his value, they may have to do so now.
So far, they have seemed reluctant to sell, preferring to hold onto him and get the benefit of his audacious talents for another season even at the risk of passing up on additional revenue, but they are expected to face a number of offers that test their resolve.
Manchester City have long been the favourite to sign him, and 90min have been reporting on that situation for a while. We revealed in February that the Premier League champions are keen on both Haaland and his teammate Giovanni Reyna, and with a replacement for Sergio Aguero yet to be secured, it remains a strong possibility.
But The Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea don’t consider themselves to be out of the race just yet, and while they know a deal for Haaland would exhaust their entire transfer budget and shatter their wage structure, they are still tempted.
It’s claimed a deal could cost £150m in total, and Chelsea are exploring ways in which they could reach an agreement with Dortmund. 90min also previously reported of BVB’s interest in duo Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea certainly have an appeal now they have been crowned champions of Europe for a second time, and Haaland will be well aware that his arrival is the type of move that could propel them into Premier League title contention next season.
But whether they can justify the outlay at a time when the financial effects of the pandemic are still being felt remains to be seen.