Chelsea reportedly seek deal for Erling Haaland with player joining next summer

Chelsea reportedly seek deal for Erling Haaland with player joining next summer

Could Chelsea be the club that picks up all the other transfer contenders for 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland?

According to an English Telegraph report, London-based Chelsea are in talks with Dortmund over a transfer deal for Haaland which could see the Norwegian forward join the Blues in the summer of 2022.

Borussia Dortmund’s public position has been that Haaland will stay with the German club for the coming season, although Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has publicly insisted all options are still on the table. It’s Haaland’s Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho who is expected to take a step this summer with Manchester United as a reported destination.

With the hefty transfer fees involved, rumors of teams vying for Haaland’s signing were the usual names: Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​though the latter two deal with balance sheet issues linked to the COVID-19.

Haaland transfer scenarios

Next year, Haaland’s release clause, said to be in the range of $ 90 million to $ 100 million, would go into effect. But The Telegraph reports that Chelsea are looking to strike a deal with Borussia Dortmund that exceeds the release clause fee in order to make it attractive enough for the German club to sign up this summer, with the player leaving for Chelsea the next year at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Reports in the English press indicate Chelsea could include striker Tammy Abraham in the deal to help ease their transfer expenses. The Blues have already invested heavily in their offense last summer, spending significant transfer dollars to acquire German duo Kai Havertz ($ 82 million) and Timo Werner ($ 58.5 million). A few months earlier, they had spent a lot of money on American star Christian Pulisic ($ 73 million).

Haaland has become the most sought-after striker in world football, wowing fans with his goalscoring exploits. He broke out at Borussia Dortmund in 2019-20 with 44 goals in 40 competitive appearances. This year he has almost matched the feat with an incredible 41 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.

England star Harry Kane is the other big striker in the market this summer after expressing a desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur to join a club where he can win titles. The belief is that if Manchester City signed Kane they would leave Haaland, leaving Chelsea as the only realistic option to shell out the kind of money that will be needed.

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