Chelsea in pole position to sign 20-year-old Norwegian striker

The London giants have initiated contact with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Erling Haaland. The German manager has informed Roman Abramovich that a new striker could be imperative to continue the club’s progress, with the Bundesliga centre-forward apparently leading the shortlist.

The Blues, though, are aware of the financial difficulties they could face, as Norway international might potentially cost as much as £170m. His agent Mino Raiola is also demanding a staggering wage packet of £300,000 a week that will make him the highest earner at Chelsea.

Chelsea’s desire to step up their efforts in the pursuit of Erling stems from the tricky situation of Harry Kane. It is going to be difficult for a fellow PL club to prise the Spurs striker away from north London while Romelu Lukaku has recently admitted that he intends to remain at Inter Milan, despite speculations about his possible return to Chelsea.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are open to using Tammy Abraham as a makeweight in the talks for the Norwegian striker. The former Aston Villa forward is valued at £40m and is reportedly wanted by Newcastle United. However, it stays unlikely that Bundesliga giants would prefer the Englishman, who does have a reputation for being inconsistent.

The possible departure of the 20-year-old striker could help them further pocket at least £150m, giving them a net income of over £200m, enough to bring about a major overhaul in the squad.

The London giants, too, may never get the chance to sign Erling ever again if they miss out on him next campaign, knowing giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are ready to pounce on him, once the market recession comes to an end.