Chelsea have solely focussed on securing a number nine this summer, as Thomas Tuchel aims for a Premier League title challenge with his Champions League winning squad.
The Blues may only sign one to three players this summer, but their main aim is to add quality to the side over quantity.
So far in this transfer window, the west-London club have been solely focussed on driving up funds through outgoings, with Fikayo Tomori and Victor Moses just two out of many names who have already departed Stamford Bridge this summer on permanent deals.
Many more outgoings are expected to help raise more funds in Tuchel’s exploits of the transfer market, with all of Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all rumoured to be on the the transfer selling list this summer.
All these sales are intrinsically linked to one main aim, and that is to secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
football.london understands that the Norwegian International is Chelsea’s first target for the striker position this summer, ahead of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far concerning Haaland’s future and Chelsea’s interest in his services.
Chelsea ‘agree’ personal terms with Haaland
Last month, it was reported the west London outfit had agreed personal terms with the striker. That is according to journalist Ian McGarry on the Transfer Window Podcast.
Whilst that is a major step forward in their attempts to sign the frontman this summer, a fee needs to be agreed between both clubs which is easier said than done.
Haaland targets Champions League win
In other positive news, the 20-year-old admitted that he doesn’t want to get too comfortable in his career.
In an interview with Icon magazine, cited by The Telegraph, he said: “I have been taking a couple of steps over the past few years and I think they have been good steps for me, personally, to get out of my comfort zone and to develop even more.
“I want to challenge myself in everything that I do. It’s something I think about. It’s also for everyone to always do this. People can sometimes be too comfortable staying in their ‘zone’ so I think it’s important to get out of that.”
Haaland went on to confess his biggest dream in football, which is to win Europe’s top club competition, something Chelsea know about all too well having only recently lifted their second Champions League against Manchester City.
“That’s my big dream,” he said. “To win the Champions League one day. Hopefully I can lift that trophy and that really would be, well, amazing.”
Bayern Munich will not be pursuing a move for Haaland this summer, CEO Oliver Kahn revealed a few months ago.
The German giants are not in a strong enough financial position to contemplate launching a move, meaning that is one less rival for Chelsea to think about.
“A package that costs – as we heard – over €100million is unimaginable for FC Bayern at the moment,” he said when speaking to Sport Bild earlier in the year.
“Robert [Lewandowski] still has a two-year contract here. His performances cannot be questioned. He’s scored 39 goals [in the Bundesliga] so far!
“Just for that, we don’t have to think about Haaland today. Robert can keep this level for a few more years.”
According to reports cited by the Metro, Haaland has agreed to join Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer, with the La Liga outfit hopeful of agreeing a deal worth £112m with Dortmund.
This, however, seems unlikely, considering that Dortmund value the striker closer to £150m. But if Madrid see a reason as to why they can sign Haaland for £38m less than that, Chelsea may believe they can compete at the same price, with personal terms reportedly having been agreed already.
With Chelsea certainly no strangers to spending massive amounts of money on big-name signings, finding £112m to entice Haaland to west London could be more than possible for the Blues.
Despite the €75m (£64m) release clause within Haaland’s contract coming into effect in 12 months’ time, Chelsea are determined to land the Norway international this summer.
According to a report by Eurosport, the Blues are prepared to jump the queue ahead of their rivals and seal a deal for his signature during this summer’s window. The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona would prefer to hold out until next summer.
However, Blues chief Tuchel is keen to get a deal done this summer, meaning the west London club are already putting a plan in place and are ready to test the waters with an offer.
With Financial Fair Play [FFP] blurred, if Roman Abramovich can fund a deal it should not be ruled out.
Opening bid ‘made’
According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Tonour, as cited by TEAMtalk, the Blues have lodged their first official bid for Haaland.
For several weeks it has been claimed that the Blues have agreed personal terms with the Norway international in the hope of getting a deal over the line, but they have yet to make official contact with Dortmund.
However, reports now claim that the west London club have made their first move to try and attract the Norway international to Stamford Bridge, tabling an offer of £60m plus Tammy Abraham. While that deal would amount to around £100m when taking into account Abraham’s value, it is unlikely that Dortmund would entertain such an offer, as they value the Leeds-born striker closer to £150m.
Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is ‘really looking into a deal’ to bring Haaland to Stamford Bridge this summer.
That is according to Eurosport, as cited by the Daily Express, who say Chelsea feel they have a strong chance of winning the race for his signature.
The Norway star is Tuchel’s top target this summer to bolster his attacking options and Chelsea believe he could be the difference between them landing the Premier League title or not.
Although it will cost huge money, Chelsea are keen to make a deal happen
‘No contact’ as of yet
Contrary to reports elsewhere, former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft, who is now a columnist, insists Chelsea are yet to make any contact with Haaland’s representatives over a summer deal.
The Blues are desperate to add a striker to their ranks this summer and do see Haaland as their top target to bolster their attacking options.
But despite reports elsewhere, Fjortoft insists Chelsea have not yet made any contact with Haaland’s team.
As cited by Chelsea News, Christian Falk – the Head of Football at Sport Bild – insists he expects Haaland to seal a move to Stamford Bridge this summer and join Chelsea.
Speaking on a new Twitch stream with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Falk admitted that he sees similarities between the Blues’ pursuit of Haaland to that of Kai Havertz last summer.
He admitted that Chelsea have a ‘big chance’ of signing Haaland and all they need to do to get a deal over the line is ‘break the bank’.
Therefore, the ball appears to be in the Blues’ court and they just need to strike the right note to get a deal done.
Signing Haaland this summer is a dream for almost every Chelsea supporter and owner Abramovich.
The Norway international is the Blues’ top target and they are determined to get a deal over the line. However, with Dortmund commanding such a high fee for his services it is clear that the west London outfit will have to offload more personnel before they can bring him in.
And according to a report by the Sunday World, Chelsea need to raise another £86m to be able to launch a bid capable of convincing Dortmund to sell him. They claim that the Blues, in order to raise the funds within their transfer kitty, are ready to sell goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, midfielder Ross Barkley and strikers Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.
Alternative turns down contract offer
With it still very much possible that Chelsea may miss out on the signing of Haaland this summer, it is important that they keep their options open when it comes to bolstering their attacking ranks.
According to a report by the Mirror, one player the Blues have been keeping within their minds is Southampton striker Danny Ings. The Saints forward has been one of the Premier League’s top scorers in the last couple of years, quietly going about his business on the south coast.
Now, though, Ings could leave St Mary’s this summer and seal an exit after reportedly turning down a new contract offer. With him a much cheaper option than Haaland, it will be interesting to see if Chelsea flex their muscles and show a firm interest in him.
£150m bid planned
Chelsea are ready to make a £150million bid for Haaland this summer, according to a report by 90Min.
The Blues are desperate to sign the Dortmund star and believe that an offer of such power would simply be too much for the German club to refuse.
Considering that he has a release clause within his contract that is worth around £65million that will come into play next summer, this sheer level of ambition shows just how keen Chelsea are to sign him in this summer’s window.
But whether a deal can be done this summer remains to be seen.
Dortmund stance deals Chelsea blow
Chelsea look to have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Haaland after Borussia Dortmund’s director Michael Zorc spoke out on the club’s plans.
Zorc said that the German club were including the Norwegian in their preparations ahead of next season, claiming ‘nothing has changed’ amid the Blues interest.
Speaking Bild, Zorc said: “Nothing has changed. We plan with Erling for the new season.”
Blues ready to make their move
According to former Norway international Fjortoft, who is now a journalist and columnist, Chelsea are preparing a “big offer” to challenge Dortmund’s resolve over their continued stance that Haaland will stay at the club this season.
He claims that he understands Dortmund will not turn their noses up at an offer amount to €175million, which works out at around £149.6million.
That, therefore, could mean that the Blues are ready to launch their first official bid.
According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Max Bielefeld, Chelsea face an almost impossible task of convincing Dortmund to sell Haaland this summer, despite their continued interest.
He reports that it is ‘mission impossible’ for the Blues to sign him this summer, meaning Chelsea may be forced to look elsewhere to bring in a new striker.
Although reports elsewhere claim that Chelsea face an impossible challenge in their quest to sign Haaland, Bild report that Blues owner Abramovich has released funds amounting to £150million to try and get a deal over the line.
It was previously reported by 90Min that the Blues are ready to spend £150million to try and get a deal done as Abramovich seems him as a generational talent that can help take Tuchel’s team to the next level.
Chelsea believe that Dortmund will be prepared to let Haaland go if they receive a bid of such significant value.
Dortmund double down on future
Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl has seemingly dampened Chelsea’s hopes of securing Haaland this summer buy insisting he is staying in Germany.
Talking to Sky Germany, he said: “There is nothing new on this matter. He is in our plans. Erling will return this week and he will be very hungry. He wants to play football, he feels comfortable with us and he will be eager to score many goals.”
That is an opinion shared by the club’s current sporting director Michael Zorc.
Haaland drops hint
Haaland’s latest actions have provided some much needed hope for Chelsea in their attempts to sign the world class forward this summer.
Christian Falk of Sport Bild asked the striker a direct question about his future and more importantly about the links to Chelsea.
Falk’s tweet read: “We asked Erling Haaland: Are you staying at Borussia Dortmund, Mr. Haaland?.
“He smiled and said nothing”.
Keeping tight lipped can only be a good sign for Thomas Tuchel’s side as they look to strengthen the one area of the pitch that could potentially turn them into title challengers in the upcoming 2021/22 Premier League season.
Source by Football London