Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.
According to reports in the Italian media at the end of December, Frank Lampard, the Chelsea head coach, has told the club’s hierarchy that he would like to add the talented 20-year-old to his squad during this month’s transfer window.
Chelsea’s current form has raised questions about the state of the squad, despite splashing out more than £220million on seven new additions last summer, leading to reports that the Blues may need to add a new big-name star to their ranks in an attempt to get the juices flowing once again.
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But, in truth, the chances of Chelsea spending vast amounts of money this month are highly unlikely, despite them being linked with both Haaland and West Ham United midfield enforcer Declan Rice.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which is stopping supporters from attending matches and getting the turnstiles moving, clubs are not making anywhere near as much revenue as they would in usual circumstances.
However, by the time the summer transfer window rolls around ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season, there is hope that the situation with the pandemic will be entirely different and supporters, certainly in some aspect, will have started to make their returns. Should that prove to be the case, clubs will be able to find more wriggle room to splash the cash on potential new signings once again.
And should the Blues still hold an interest in Haaland, who has scored 19 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season, they could have a greater chance of landing his signature.
That is because Haaland will leave Dortmund, with his agent Mino Raiola looking to secure him a move away from the Bundesliga heavyweights.