Roman Abramovich, Chelsea owner has expressed confidence of convincing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland about a move to London.
ESPN said that despite reports in Germany this week that Chelsea had no chance of moving the 20-year-old from Borussia Dortmund, the Blues believe they have the most attractive Premier League package to offer Haaland.
On top of Abramovich’s willingness to offer a significant financial package to the £100million-rated Haaland, Chelsea’s position as a squad brimming with expensive young talent is another supposed feather in their cap.
The Blues spent £53million on Timo Werner from Leipzig last summer after a scintillating campaign in the Bundesliga, but the move is yet to pay off – with the German finding it difficult to adapt to the top flight. He has scored just five goals in the Premier League this season.
Manager Thomas Tuchel has already admitted Werner may not suit his current possession-based system, and could see Haaland as a better option for the squad.
The report also claims that Chelsea’s London status could also be tempting to Haaland, with the west Londoners the only club in the capital with any real chance of signing him.
Erling Braut Haaland, born July 21, 2000 is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Norway national team. A prolific goal scorer, he is recognised for his pace, athleticism, strength, and precise off-the-ball movement, and he has been considered as one of the best young footballers in the world.
Haaland started his career at his hometown club Bryne in 2016, and moved to Molde the following year; he spent two seasons with the club before signing with Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in January 2019. At Salzburg, he won two Austrian Bundesliga titles and one Austrian Cup.
Haaland became the first teenager to score in five consecutive UEFA Champions League matches during the 2019–20 season. In December 2019, he completed a transfer to Borussia Dortmund for a fee reported to be in the region of €20 million. He carried on his goal scoring success in his Champions League campaign, becoming the second teenager to score ten goals in the competition, and won the 2020 Golden Boy award.
Following the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, in which Haaland won the tournament’s Golden Boot after he scored a record nine goals in a single match, he made his debut for the Norway senior team in September 2019.