Erling Haaland has been linked with a move to a number of the top clubs across Europe this summer, with Chelsea rumoured to be just one of his many potential suitors.
The Norwegian forward, aged just 20, is one of the hottest talents in world football and has already netted an astounding 57 goals in just 59 appearances for Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund.
With that form in mind, it’s easy to see why he’s captured so much interest, and now it’s reported that Chelsea are working ‘intensely’ to secure his signature.
That is according to retired Norwegian footballer, and now ESPN and BILD columnist, Jan Aage Fjortoft.
The former centre-forward tweeted: “Chelsea working intense to get Erling Haaland. He is seen as the “missing” player to make them challenge for the PL-title next season. Fee very high, but confidence that this can be solved. The main obstacle could be the wage-structure at Chelsea [sic].”
After securing their second Champions League crown and a top-four Premier League finish, Thomas Tuchel will be looking to bolster his squad and mount a real title charge domestically next season.
The Blues have identified three positions they are keen to strengthen in: a right-sided defender, a central midfielder and that all-important striker.
Haaland would appear to be the ideal fit, and another report in the Telegraph claims Chelsea are pursuing the Norway international and are “looking at whether a move is viable”.
A transfer would likely cost upward of £150million and should Chelsea raise those funds, it appears Haaland himself hasn’t closed the door on any potential summer switch.
“I have not taken a position on that,” Haaland told Norwegian reporters last week while away on international duty and questioned about his Dortmund future.
“After this international break I will go on vacation, and then I will report for pre-season.”
Dortmund chiefs are eager to keep hold of their star striker, but there is a belief that he could leave the club in a year’s time when his reported €75m (£64.5m) release clause becomes active.
Thus, the club could be tempted this summer if a large offer comes in to turn a stronger profit.