Chelsea have been linked to a handful of players in the past few weeks, and it seems that three of the four they are interested in are all out of contract. With all four unlikely to make a move to Stamford Bridge, the Blues face a difficult choice as to who they will bring in.
Recently Erling Haaland, a Norwegian defender, was linked with a move to Chelsea. He is a 28 year old player who has been through spells at Rosenborg and Molde. With these two clubs he has won titles, won the Norwegian Super Cup, and made 2 appearances for the Norwegian national team. He is most commonly remembered for his time at Molde where he was an integral part of the Norwegian league winning team.
Chelsea have already missed out on signing Erling Haaland, but they are not the only club interested in the AZ Alkmaar defender. Madrid are also keen on signing Haaland, as they have the money and the need to bring in a new centre back in January. It has been a frustrating couple of weeks for Chelsea fans, but they can take some solace in the fact that the club has a number of other signings to look forward to. The only problem is where they might come from.
Chelsea’s primary summer aim is Erling Haaland. That is very obvious. But what happens if the Blues are unable to sign the 21-year-old Norwegian sensation? Plan B seems to be in place as the London club looks to add more world-class players to its roster. Let’s take a closer look.
First in line is Bundesliga’s top scorer for the past 4 seasons. The Polish is the type of player hardly any club would say “no” to. He has a proven track record with 307 goals in Bundesliga & 73 in the Champions League. Just last year, he also won FIFA Best Men’s Player award, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down despite his 32 years of age. According to Transfermarkt, his market value currently stands at €60m. That’s considerably less than what Borussia expects to get out of Haaland’s transfer, but the age factor definitely shouldn’t be overlooked here. Lewandowski is a short-term solution compared to Haaland, who’s only 21.
Chelsea seems to be interested in the Frenchman as well. He hasn’t been his former self since he moved from Atleti to Barca. The reason for this, among other things, is most likely due to a modification in the game’s rules. Some may argue that it’s also because he’s no longer the club’s greatest star, as he was in Madrid, and therefore the game doesn’t center around him. Don’t get me wrong: we still know how dangerous he can be in front of the net. He’s also a team guy who isn’t afraid to pitch in on defense and is well-liked in the locker room. Barcelona was said to be attempting to get rid of him in a trade with Atletico Madrid’s Saul (mainly due to his exorbitant €400.000-a-week salary). Chelsea, on the other hand, seems to be a viable option. He’s just 30, so he still has a few top-level years ahead of him. He’s worth €60 million.
He first joined Chelsea as an 18-year-old boy. The Belgian is a fully grown beast at the peak of his playing career and well sought-after on the transfer market. After a few unsuccessful stints in England with Chelsea, Everton & Manchester United, he finally seems to have found his rhythm in Italy with Inter Milan. He led Inter to the Serie A title for the first time in 10 years scoring 24 goals and providing 11 assists in the competition. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are after him in this transfer window, but rarely any of them can afford his €100m valuation. Chelsea is one of those that could, but are they willing to take a risk with a player who already proved unsuccessful in their system before? Let’s wait and see.
Harry Kane is an English footballer who plays for Tottenham Hot
Out of everyone on this list, this is probably the least likely to happen. After all, Chelsea and Tottenham are London rivals for over 100 years. Only three transfers ever happened directly from Spurs to Blues or vice versa. But… you never know. Harry Kane clearly stated he’s in search of a new challenge, and even though he’d stay in the same league with a move to Chelsea, they can offer him regular European football and better chances at winning trophies – something Spurs struggle with. Another fact that makes this transfer hard to complete is that Manchester City is interested in Kane. None of the clubs struggle with money, so we could be in for a hard-fought battle for his signature in this transfer window.
Stuttgart’s Saa Kalajdi. Last season, the teenager scored 17 goals in 36 appearances for the German club, but he isn’t expected to be sold anytime soon. 24 years old and worth €22 million.
Southampton’s Danny Ings. Liverpool-reject-turned-Southampton-hero. Danny showed his brilliance with 46 goals in 100 games for the club from the south of England, a name that isn’t quite as glamorous as the ones mentioned above. He’s prone to injuries, so that’s a worry. 28 years old and worth €22 million.
Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi. With strong performances in this year’s EURO, when he led Italy to victory, the Italian has increased his worth. He had two assists in the group stage of the competition and has been a foundation player for Sassuolo for the last four seasons. 26 years old and worth €35 million.
We’re in for a fascinating summer timeframe, to say the least. Which, if any, of these players will end up at Chelsea? Do you have any recommendations for a summer relocation to London? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Chelsea have been floated as potential landing spots for Norwegian international midfielder Erling Haaland, who is currently on loan at Championship side Cardiff City.. Read more about erling haaland transfer news today and let us know what you think.
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