'Signed off': Journalist confirms Chelsea are one step closer to landing 41 goal machine

Ian McGarry from The Transfer Window podcast explained that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland.

Haaland has been the Blues’ top transfer priority this summer and it seems they are edging closer to signing their dream striker.

It’s no surprise why he is their ideal target; 41 goals in 41 games last season puts him amongst the games very best.

Plenty of hurdles have been put in between the 20-year-old and a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

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Dortmund qualifying for the Champions League certainly put doubts in Chelsea’s mind that he would actually leave Germany.

Also, the interest from across Europe could have turned Haaland’s head in a different direction.

Some Blues fans thought this was the case when the Norwegian was pictured partying with Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

However, McGarry calmed their nerves by stating that the sensational centre-forward had already committed to Chelsea.

He said: “It is our understanding that before Haaland boarded that yacht, the details of his personal terms with Chelsea were signed off.

“Now it’s merely a case of Chelsea agreeing a fee with Borussia Dortmund.”

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This is where the plot will start to thicken further.

According to the Telegraph, Dortmund will be asking for over £150m from Roman Abramovich if he wishes to buy Haaland, which would make him the club’s record signing by some distance.

That’s not including his mammoth wage demands, the extra payments to his agent, Mino Raiola, and any additional fees that need to be covered.

It would rock Chelsea financially in more ways than one, but Haaland is seen as the player who can retain their Premier League crown.

Abramovich may try to wangle the number down to something less eye-watering, yet Dortmund knows the power is in their hands.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.