Report: Chelsea may have to pay £254.6m to sign 6ft 4in man with 19 goals from 16 games

Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium by Ank kumar, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

After selling Tammy Abraham to AS Roma over the summer, Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku to accompany Timo Werner, but the West Londoners might be in the market for another centre-forward.

SportBild (h/t Sport Witness) say Erling Haaland remains a transfer target in 2022, but his asking price and wage demands could see Chelsea paying a lofty sum of money.

The 6ft 4in player joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020 and has gone on to make 75 appearances in all competitions, scoring 76 goals with 20 assists.

Haaland has bagged 19 goals and made five assists in 16 games this season, so it’s easy to see why Chelsea remain keen on his signature. But SportBild note how much the Blues may have to pay to sign him which could prove a stumbling block.

The 21-year-old will have a €75m (£63.7m) release clause that comes into effect at the end of the season, plus €16m-a-year/€307k-per-week (£13.6m-a-year/£261k-per-week) in wages that Dortmund are offering. And there’s an agent commission which is yet to be capped, so SportBild say Chelsea could end up paying €300m (£254.6m) if they sign Haaland for the long-term.

Whether Haaland is that keen to join Chelsea remains to be seen, however, as he won’t want to compete for a starting place – Lukaku is a regular when fit while Werner also has Thomas Tuchel’s trust. Manchester City are frequently said to be leading the race for Haaland, let alone Real Madrid breathing down their neck, so Tuchel might be content with what he has.

Summary

In reality, Chelsea probably aren’t going to sign Haaland in 2022. They already have a marquee signing in attack who scored 64 goals in 95 games at Inter Milan (August 2019 – August 2021), so where would Haaland fit?

If the Blues have enough money to procure his signature, they should probably use to it strengthen other areas of the squad – Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech have uncertain futures.