Chelsea could steal a march on a number of top European clubs by shelling out a club-record fee for Erling Haaland THIS summer.
The Blues spent big in the last transfer window, with Kai Havertz’s move from Bayer Leverkusen potentially rising to £80million, which would eclipse the £71m they paid for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in August 2018.
Chelsea are the latest club to be linked with Haaland
It’s thought they see him as the answer to take the team to the next level
Haaland, 20, has been a revelation at Dortmund, who he joined from RB Salzburg in January 2020 – scoring 35 goals in as many appearances for them.
It’s understood he’s caught the eye of a number of top European clubs, with Manchester City and Manchester United previously being linked to him. He is thought to favour a move to Real Madrid, however.
But potential suitors have been put off by the fact the striker’s release clause – said to be £66m – doesn’t come into effect until 2022, meaning a much larger price will have to be spent to land him sooner.
The Athletic, though, reports Chelsea will move before their rivals and try and will pay what it takes to land the quality frontman they’re desperate for.
Haaland has 19 goals in 17 appearances this season
Manager Frank Lampard is likely to be a striker short in the summer when Olivier Giroud’s contract expires and although Tammy Abraham has shown promise, it’s felt Haaland is the man to take the team to the next level.
What does this mean for Timo Werner? The Germany forward can’t buy a goal at the moment which was perfectly epitomised by his shocking miss at Fulham last weekend.
The report adds signing Haaland shouldn’t affect Werner’s status at the club as ‘there is still confidence’ in the 24-year-old who hasn’t netted in his last ten Premier League appearances.
Werner was put clean through late in the match at Craven Cottage but made a complete hash of his chance
But the club still has high hopes for the £47million man