'He's a fantastic player': Tuchel admits Chelsea have discussed signing £66m star, he really rates him
Thomas Tuchel might have just revealed that Chelsea remain invested in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Tuchel confessed that Haaland was still a hot topic of conversation amongst the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
There was a point over the summer where the Norwegian’s name was scorched across the lips of every Chelsea supporter worldwide.
The Blues were reportedly in contact with Dortmund over the potential sale of their star striker.
Ultimately, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola priced possible suitors out of a move for his client.
Along with Raiola’s £150m (Athletic) asking price, the super-agent reportedly ordered suitors to pay close to £1m a week in wages for the 21-year-old.
An astronomical financial commitment that made even cash-backed clubs like Chelsea cringe.
Their search for a new no.9 instead ended with the club-record arrival and return of Romelu Lukaku.
Haaland part of the Chelsea chatter
But despite Raiola’s ridiculous demands, Haaland’s is still apparently being spoken about inside Cobham’s corridors.
“We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window,” admitted Tuchel.
“But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible.
“We talk about him regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.
“I don’t think we’ve been really serious about it yet, but let’s see what will happen in the next few weeks.”
Man in demand
If Chelsea still had intentions of landing Haaland, they could do so for £66.6m (Athletic) at the end of the season, the cost of his release clause.
Less than half of Raiola’s requirements, but nearly triple the £17m (BBC) fee Dortmund paid Red Bull Salzburg back in 2019 for the centre-forward.
Of course, there will be an almighty scramble for the lethal attacker that the Blues might want to avoid.
All of Europe’s heaviest hitters are set to be in the ring when Haaland becomes available.
Understandably so, considering his almost unfathomable scoring record.
Just the 70 goals in 69 games and counting for BVB.
Maybe Chelsea should linger around Dortmund just in case…