Chelsea are confident that they could meet Borussia Dortmund’s potential demand for Erling Haaland but facing one major stumbling block, according to former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft.
The former Middlesbrough striker claims that Chelsea are “working intensely” to bring the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Haaland, Fjortoft added, is seen by Chelsea as the “missing” piece that would make them Premier League title challengers again.
Chelsea are reportedly confident that they would be able to pay the “very high” potential transfer fee.
According to The Telegraph, the transfer could potentially cost Checlsea more than £150million.
Not only that, Chelsea might have also to break their wage structure to convince Haaland to join — which could be a problem, Fjortoft said.
Haaland unlikely to force a move
Speaking on ESPN FC, Fjortoft mentioned that Manchester City are also interested in Haaland, and like Chelsea, would have the financial power to fund the transfer.
But Fjortoft also admitted that he believes Haaland could stay at Signal Iduna Park after the striker’s recent statement.
The statement he was referring to was a recent interview he had with Haaland for Norwegian outlet Viaplay.
In that interview, Haaland said he wants to respect his contract with Dortmund.
As it stands, Haaland is under contract at Dortmund until 2024. But the striker also has a €75m (£64.5m) release clause which will become active in summer 2022, according to Fabrizio Romano (via CBS Sports).
Obviously, a 20-year-old striker who just had a 40-goal season (in all competitions for Dortmund) would not come cheap.
But the reported £150m price tag is more than double that of Chelsea record signing Kai Havertz’s £72m transfer fee last summer.
Regardless of whether Chelsea can afford it or not, they would likely try to offload some of their players first before committing to a potential transfer deal of such scale.