Erling Haaland’s ‘time in England will come’ says pundit
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Erling Haaland is tempted by a move to Chelsea, according to reports. The Norwegian’s future is fascinating the footballing world ahead of the summer transfer window. And though Manchester United and Manchester City are keen too, a Stamford Bridge switch could be on the cards instead.
Haaland has been in sensational form for Borussia Dortmund this season.
After scoring 16 goals from 18 games for the Bundesliga giants last term, he’s managed 27 from as many matches this time around.
Manchester United are keen to sign Haaland, believing he’d be an upgrade on Anthony Martial – who has struggled in front of goal over the course of the campaign.
Real Madrid are also admirers, with Los Blancos on the hunt for a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.
Yet ESPN claim Chelsea are confident of winning the race for Haaland’s signature – and that the Dortmund star is tempted by a move to west London, too.
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It’s claimed the Blues hierarchy think playing in a richly-assembled team would sway him into joining, as well as a big financial package.
Haaland, for his part, would be excited by the prospect of playing in the capital.
And he’s also intrigued by Chelsea’s stature, with the Blues challenging for trophies every year.
One thing that is currently undetermined, however, is the west London giants’ relationship with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
Whoever wants to sign Haaland will have to go through Raiola, who is notoriously difficult to deal with.
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Chelsea were unhappy back in the summer transfer window of 2017, when Romelu Lukaku ended up joining Manchester United due to Raiola’s intervention.
And whether they can overcome Raiola and competition from Europe’s elite is something only time will tell.
The agent recently opened up on Haaland, admitting that only 10 clubs in the world have the financial muscle to afford his client’s signature.
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” he said.
“He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation.
“Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England].
“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’.
“It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'”
Meanwhile, Paul Merson recently urged Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to land Haaland this summer.
“Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most,” he wrote in the Daily Star.
“They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.
“And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age. I’m not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play as much.
“But for whoever gets him, it will be worth it. He puts up numbers and he keeps on doing it. Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league.
“Manchester United should also be in for him. Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United. If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level. But do they go for Harry Kane instead?
“Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance. But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland.”
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