A portion of Chelsea supporters on social media were not impressed by the apparent figure that Erling Haaland will cost the club.
According to the Daily Mail, Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £170m price tag upon Haaland’s shoulders.
Not just that, the 20-year-old’s wage demands could stretch to a bone tingling £500,000-per-week.
This would certainly reconstruct Chelsea’s salary structure and for not for the better.
As much as Blues fans were desperate for Haaland to sign next season, they didn’t think the financial setback was worth the reward.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
It did look at one stage that the pursuit of Haaland had gone cold.
After Dortmund qualified for the Champions League, Chelsea’s lure of top four football decreased.
They then turned their focus towards Romelu Lukaku, who had just been separated from Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
But with the Belgian all but confirming his allegiance to the Italian champions, attention has returned to Haaland.
A report from the Telegraph stated that Chelsea have tried to use Tammy Abraham as part of a deal to buy the Norwegian centre-forward.
They also say that over £150m would be required to bring the attacker to Stamford Bridge, a move that would destroy the Blues wage system.
However, if Thomas Tuchel is truly intent on winning the Premier League, acquiring a force like Haaland feels necessary.
At one stage, I was very much of the view ‘give Dortmund a blank cheque, let them sign whatever they like’.
But £170m is rather startling. And the thing is, that number could easily go up over the next months.
Chelsea’s desperation to secure Haaland could well get out of control, a chase I’m not too keen on getting involved with.