Chelsea’s interest in Erling Haaland remains strong, and the club is exploring options for completing a deal with Borussia Dortmund, despite major reservations about their financial viability.
Although he is just 20 years old (as seen by his monstrous body and great football talent), Haaland is already generally considered as one of the world’s top attackers.
He has 57 goals in 59 appearances since joining Molde, but Dortmund are in a pickle with a £65 million release clause in his contract scheduled to become activated next summer. This implies that Dortmund may have to sell him soon if they want to get anything close to his market worth.
They have so far shown a reluctance to sell, preferring to keep him and reap the benefits of his adventurous abilities for another season at the expense of more income, but they are anticipated to receive a number of proposals that will put their determination to the test.
Manchester City have long been considered the frontrunners to recruit him, and 90min has been following the issue closely. We disclosed in February that the Premier League champions are interested in both Haaland and his colleague Giovanni Reyna, and with Sergio Aguero’s successor yet to be found, this remains a significant possibility.
However, The Telegraph reports that Chelsea do not consider themselves to be out of the race just yet, and though they are aware that signing Haaland would deplete their transfer budget and destabilize their pay structure, they are still enticed.
According to reports, a transfer might cost up to £150 million in total, and Chelsea are examining methods to reach an agreement with Dortmund. Additionally, 90min earlier reported on BVB’s interest in Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi as a tandem.
Chelsea undoubtedly have attraction given that they have been named European champions for the second time, and Haaland will be fully aware that his signing could catapult them into Premier League championship contention next season.
However, whether they can justify the expenditure at a time when the pandemic’s financial consequences are still being felt remains to be seen.