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Chelsea enter the race for in-demand Haaland

Arguably one of the hottest properties in global football, Erling Braut Haaland can add another potential suitor to his list, with it being reported that Chelsea are now interested in his signature.

And what Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants, he usually gets. News comes as both Timo Werner and this summer’s £100 million signing Romelu Lukaku both sustained injuries in their recent Champions League clash, which has expedited the need for a striker.

Chelsea enter the race for in-demand Haaland

The problem that arises is that Chelsea need a striker as soon as possible, which could throw up a whole number of complications, especially for other interested clubs.

 

January move on the cards?

Haaland was linked to a number of clubs in the summer and his club Borussia Dortmund had the opportunity to cash in on him because the 21-year-old’s £65 million release clause kicks in at the end of this season.

It was their thought process that they would keep hold of the Norweigian hitman for another season, attempt to win the Bundesliga and take a loss on him. His current value easily exceeds £100 million and he is one of the most prolific strikers of the last couple of seasons in Europe.

There is no doubt that he would fit the bill for Chelsea and as a result, the club could well test Dortmund’s resolve in January, who could effectively name their price. If they are out of the Champions League and considerably behind in a title race, then they may agree to let him go.

Already this season, the striker has a staggering nine goals and four assists in six Bundesiga games, continuing his fine form and this is the kind of return that Abramovich would be looking for.

 

Chelsea transformed?

While his potential arrival at Stamford Bridge could well put Lukaku’s nose oult of joint (though boss Thomas Tuchel may switch to two strikers in attack with a player in behind), there is no doubt that Haaland could help to fire Chelsea to more silverware.

The prospect of seeing both Haaland and Lukaku playing together with Kai Havertz in behind, for Blues fans, is something that could seem too good to be true, though Abramovich usually pulls out all of the stops when he finds a player that he wants.

At the same time, it could spark a reluctant bidding war from other clubs, who were perhaps hoping to only pay the striker’s release clause at the end of the season. For Chelsea, this may put them in the driving seat, if other clubs don’t have a spare £150 million lying around.