David Ornstein shares update on Chelsea's Haaland pursuit, makes Abramovich claim
Journalist David Ornstein has highlighted the poor relationship between Chelsea owner and Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola amid transfer links.
The Athletic claims Chelsea are willing to break their transfer record in an attempt to sign the Borussia Dortmund star in the summer.
This is interesting, because Haaland reportedly has a release clause in his contract with Dortmund which can only be activated at the end of the 2021/22 season.
The report suggests Chelsea might try to make an early move before there would be an even bigger race for the striker which seems very likely given his goalscoring rate.
The 20-year-old who already scored 18 goals in just 17 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund this season.
However, amid the excitement among some Blues fans following the speculation, Ornstein said there could be a few things which could complicate Chelsea’s potential pursuit.
Unsurprisingly, he claims that one of them is involving Haaland’s representative Raiola.
“[Roman] Abramovich, Marina Granovskaia had a bad experience with Raiola when they tried to bring Romelu Lukaku back [in 2017/18] when he joined Manchester United,” the Athletic journalist said in The Ornstein and Chapman Podcast.
“That was a bruising experience with him [Raiola].”
He also questioned whether Chelsea would agree to paying a potential huge agent fees given Raiola’s track record.
“Raiola has shown throughout his career, unashamedly, that he operates on the basis of, in part, who will pay the biggest or required agent commissions,” he added.
“Dortmund seemingly did that to get Haaland — [but] will Chelsea be willing to go down that road?”