Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction the signing of Erling Haaland this summer.
The 20-year-old is the subject of ‘strong interest’ from the Blues in the summer transfer window and contact has started to be made from the west London side over a possible transfer.
Haaland has a release clause of £68 million which is active from the summer of 2022 and Dortmund are reluctant to let him leave this summer.
However, they could be willing to part ways with the forward if they receive ‘something crazy’ from an interested club – Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked.
And according to a new report in Spain from Marca, Abramovich is ready to break the bank and ‘would be willing to pay the £154.5 million’ which could be required to land Haaland this summer.
The deal is reportedly in Abramovich’s hands now – if he wants to pay the required fee, Chelsea could be on the verge of landing the 20-year-old, who is also open to speaking and joining the club.
Chelsea have also been linked with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as well as Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. But Haaland appears to be the priority this summer.
What Thomas Tuchel has said on summer acquisitions
“Two or three (signings) could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change; that you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.
“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”
The Norway international was in blistering form this season for Dortmund, netting a whopping 41 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions, proving exactly why he is one of the most highly-rated players on the planet. With that said, Chelsea are likely to have to spend around £150million to sign him, but that is only if Dortmund are willing to consider the idea of letting him go.
If Chelsea are to strike lucky this summer and complete a big-money deal for the extremely talented Leeds-born forward, the move will no doubt create a tinge of jealousy from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who is also understood to be keen on adding him to his squad at the Etihad Stadium.
After City were drawn to face Dortmund at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League back in March, Guardiola was quizzed on what he made of Haaland’s talents and he, unsurprisingly, could not speak highly enough of the 20-year-old.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Guardiola, as quoted by the Mirror. “Of course he’s one of the best strikers in the world right now at his age.
“I’ve seen few of his games, honestly, because I didn’t have much time. But I saw the highlights and the numbers in the Champions League and the league are impressive
I know the quality of this player and I think everyone knows. But in two weeks I could answer better, because I didn’t see much.”
One of the best strikers in the world right now is exactly what Haaland is – and the statistics prove it. Since the start of the 2019/20 season, he has scored a total 85 goals at club level, which is a truly staggering, ridiculous return. It makes you wonder what he will be capable of producing once he reaches his ceiling.
But whatever his return rate is by the time he reaches his true potential, Bundesliga Golden Boot rival and Bayern Munich goal machine Robert Lewandowski is optimistic that Haaland will become the “best forward in the world.”
He’s a great player,” Lewandowski told CBS Sports. “He has great potential, but he’s still very young.
“In the future, he has the chance to become the best forward in the world, for sure.”
For Haaland to receive a compliment like that from, arguably, the best striker in the world at this moment in time, speaks volumes about his potential and what he can achieve in what is going to be a sensational career.
Lewandowski has made a career for himself by scoring hatfuls of goals, meaning he is more than qualified to make a judgement on what Haaland will be capable of in years to come.
Although £150million would smash the Blues’ transfer record, landing Haaland could be seen as the missing ingredient standing between themselves, the Premier League title and the prospect of European domination for years.