Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is a ‘priority’ target for Chelsea, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.
Roman Abramovich has ‘decided’ the Blues won’t be quiet in the next window, even after the west London club invested heavily back in the summer.
Chelsea’s only success in the Champions League came in 2012 and their billionaire owner wants his side to be in a position to compete to win Europe’s elite club competition.
To help the Premier League side return to a ‘high level in Europe’, Haaland is the ‘first name Abramovich absolutely wants’.
It’s claimed the Russian wants the 20-year-old striker, who has a reported release clause of €75m, set to be activated in 2022, ‘at all costs’.
Haaland is also wanted by other clubs, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid also credited with an interest in signing him.
It’ll be ‘almost impossible’ for Chelsea to beat the competition for the Norway international’s signature in 2022, which is why the report states Abramovich would want his side try to make an attempt for his signing this summer.
Haaland has been in scintillating form for Dortmund, scoring 27 goals in all competitions this season.
The website further adds Chelsea will have a ‘huge’ budget of €300m in the summer [not only for Haaland], even without Champions League football next season.
TMW present this as their own information, but the English club’s transfer budget could vary, depending on how the Covid-19 will impact their finances, and knowing how and where they will finish this season.