Erling Haaland is said to be intrigued by a move to Chelsea, whether that be this summer or in 12 months’ time.
According to the Telegraph, Borussia Dortmund’s priceless striker is apparently attracted by the idea of moving to Stamford Bridge.
This should be music to the ears of those associated with Chelsea, who have Haaland extremely high on their transfer wish list.
Hurdles for Haaland
Plenty still stands between the Blues and their priority signing, but this latest report may cause some encouragement.
The 20-year-old’s reported £150m+ (Telegraph) price tag is the first obstacle, an astronomical fee that only a few clubs could muster up.
Haaland’s possible wage demands might also create an issue for Chelsea, who already have plenty of well-priced stars on their squad list.
Not to mention that Dortmund managed to qualify for the Champions League, leaving that lure pretty redundant.
But the Blues have clearly not given up in their pursuit of the Norwegian centre-forward.
Reasons for optimism
Even if they have to wait until his release clause kicks in next year, allowing him to leave for a comparatively cheap fee of between £65m and £86m (Telegraph).
This has tempted Chelsea to inquire about setting up a future deal with the Bundesliga side, that could include using Tammy Abraham in a trade-off.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid might have similar ambitions in prizing Haaland away from Germany.
Pep Guardiola has already voiced his admiration for the Scandinavian superstar.
Following City’s Champions League win over Dortmund, Guardiola explained: “I would say this player is almost unstoppable and the best way to defend against these talented players is to not let them have the ball (quoted by Manchester Evening News).”
Expect an all-mighty battle between Europe’s heavyweights to land Haaland’s signature.