Chelsea are confident they can beat the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports. And it’s definitely easy to see why. The Norway international has been in sensational form this season, scoring 27 goals from as many appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea want more firepower.
Though the Blues have a squad of talented stars, they haven’t scored enough goals this season to challenge for the Premier League title.
Timo Werner has, for the most part, misfired since his move from RB Leipzig back in the summer transfer window.
And Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham struggle for consistency, which is why Tuchel is eyeing Haaland for the end of the campaign.
So Express Sport will now take a look at three players who will be impacted if Haaland moves to Stamford Bridge this summer.
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There’s no denying Giroud is a good asset for Chelsea.
But the only reason he starts matches is because Abraham and Werner are too inconsistent.
Giroud wouldn’t get into another top six side. He’s not a Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham or Arsenal type of player.
And if Haaland arrives, it’s hard to see him staying put.
Giroud could potentially become Chelsea’s fourth-choice striker and, for a player still determined to start matches, that simply won’t do.
There’s a good player in Abraham, who has shown on occasions he’s got what it takes to be a Chelsea hit.
But, like Giroud and Werner, the consistency is lacking.
Tuchel recently claimed the England international was struggling to live up to his expectations and, right now, he’s at a crucial moment in his Stamford Bridge.
For a player aiming to be a key figure for Gareth Southgate at Euro 2020 this summer, he needs to step up now.
Because, if he doesn’t, he may find himself even further down Tuchel’s pecking order than he currently is.
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“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?'”