Thomas Tuchel has urged Chelsea to sign Erling Haaland ‘immediately’, according to reports.
Haaland’s £66million release clause will become active next summer, but Tuchel isn’t prepared to wait and instead wants Roman Abramovich to sanction the transfer as soon as possible.
Bild, though, claim Chelsea will have to stump up €175m for his signature, and add that Borussia Dortmund are no longer financially inclined to sell Haaland after Jadon Sancho’s £73million move to Manchester United.
After netting 41 goals in 41 outings across all competitions last season, Haaland is being monitored by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City all thought to be interested.
Dortmund will resist any approaches this summer but have resigned themselves to losing their talisman next year, when he will become available for a bargain price.
Tuchel, though, has become impatient, with Chelsea yet to make their move on a new striker following last season’s Champions League triumph.
He is keen to strengthen the squad ahead of a push for the Premier League title next season, and has identified his striking options as an area in desperate need of an overhaul.
A number of players are expected to leave, with Olivier Giroud set to join AC Milan and Tammy Abraham being linked with West Ham, while Timo Werner is seen as unreliable after squandering a number of big chances last season.
As a result, Haaland has become a top target for the Blues, despite Dortmund’s indications that he isn’t for sale. A deal is thought to be close.
“His agent, Mino Raiola, is keen to insert a get-out clause into Haaland’s contract in order that his next move after he moves from Dortmund is smooth and is also concrete with regards to the payment and also the structure,” Ian McGarry said on The Transfer Window Podcast.
“And of course in Mino’s case, the commission. Chelsea are not particularly keen on any get-out clause for any of their players.
“This is something that is obviously common in Spain, in La Liga, and also in Serie A and sometimes in the Bundesliga as well.
“Because, of course, Haaland is coming from Borussia Dortmund and expects to be joining Chelsea before the new season begins.
“This is something that has to be ironed out between Raiola and Chelsea if this deal is going to be signed in terms of both Dortmund and the player himself.”