Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is involved in the tranfer race for Erling Haaland similar to the transfers of Eden Hazard, according to Telegraph journalist Matt Law.
The 20-year-old is the hottest prospect in Europe at the moment, there is no doubt about it.
His goalscoring record, 28 goals in all competitions for Dortmund this season, including eight in the Champions League is a clear evident of his talent.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola recently made an interesting claim that there are 10 clubs, including four English clubs, that could afford to sign Haaland this summer.
Law, however, believes that it was an overestimation considering how much money would be involved in the potential transfer.
“Nobody is buying him [Haaland] for £100million this summer, [it’d be around] £150m,” Law told London is Blue Podcast.
“If you put everything including the wages and other fees in, [it would be] well over £200m.
“There is no bargain buy with Raiola being involved.
“In fairness to Dortmund, they tend to either stand firm on their place like they did with Jadon Sancho last summer or they get top dollars.”
Abramovich’s involvement Chelsea’s pursuit of Haaland
However, despite the potential massive cost, Law added that the Blues could still go for it given how Abramovich operates.
The journalist highlighted Abramovich’s involvement in the decision to sign Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
“Clearly Roman got a liking for Havertz and decided to put the money up for it and do it,” he added.
“It feels like this is a similar personal involvement in this Haaland interest.
“I would compare it to the 2012 transfer of Hazard.
“That £35m doesn’t seem like very much money now, but I remember that it was enormous at the time.
“And there was a similar auction going on around him [involving] all the top clubs in Europe.”
Law explained that Chelsea were willing to pay higher agent fees than any other club to secure the Belgium international transfer — and it clearly paid off.
With Raiola, agent fees could also prove to be decisive in Haaland’s case.