Report: Chelsea already made contact with their first-choice transfer target's representatives
Chelsea have already made contact with representatives of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to HLN journalist Kristof Terreur.
The England-based Belgian journalist initially spoke about Romelu Lukaku’s recent statement about his intention to stay at Inter Milan despite Chelsea’s interest.
Terreur believes the striker actually meant his words, although he also said that situations could easily change after the Euro 2020.
But Lukaku is not the only striker on Chelsea’s summer shortlist, he claimed, and the club has already made their moves behind the scenes for Haaland.
“I know that there have been talks [between Chelsea and] Haaland’s people before,” the journalist told The Football Terrace.
“Haaland’s [transfer saga] is a difficult one to predict too definitely since Dortmund qualify for the Champions League.
“You felt that they have an extra reason to keep him.”
Terreur also suggested that the Norway international seems to be Chelsea’s first-choice striker target this summer.
“[If I were Chelsea], I would wait for him,” he explained.
“Clubs sometimes go for second or third choice, I don’t understand that.
“They [Chelsea] could use a goalscorer, but is it really needed if you can’t get your first or second choice?”
Terreur made a fair argument that waiting for Haaland could prove to be the best option.
The 20-year-old has a release clause of €75million (£65m — according to Sky Germany) which will become active in summer 2022.
Chelsea are obviously not the only interested party, however.
Even if Haaland decides to leave Signal Iduna Park next year, there is no guarantee that it will be for Chelsea.
They might eventually end up having to sign a second, third-choice option after all.
Thomas Tuchel also would want to keep the momentum after a successful Champions League campaign and take it into the Premier League.
To win a league, they will need a consistent goalscorer — and they might risk losing all that momentum if they wait.