Chelsea will look to strengthen their attacking division by signing a new striker in the summer.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is on the Blues’ agenda and their owner, Roman Abramovich, is ‘apparently serious’ about the striker, reports Bild.
BVB bosses have repeatedly stated the Norway international will continue at the club next season and even though a summer transfer has been ruled out, Thomas Tuchel’s side are not letting him go.
‘Giving up is no alternative’ for the Russian billionaire and the report says he has released funds of around €175m to bring the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
The Champions League winners want to lure the Bundesliga attacker to England. In order to ‘partially offset the expenses’ of the Haaland deal, Abramovich has asked for sales of some Chelsea players in the ongoing window.
Meanwhile, Sky Deutschland transfer expert Max Bielefeld states it’s ‘mission impossible’ for the Premier League side to bring Haaland to London this year.
In addition to the transfer fee, Bielefeld state the player needs to be paid a high salary and super-agent Mino Raiola ‘demands around 40 million euros in commission for himself alone as a consultant’.
Abramovich is keen on bringing Haaland to Chelsea, but Borussia Dortmund’s tough stance and the overall cost of the operation will make any potential move complicated to complete.