Despite spending big ahead of the current season, Chelsea are being linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the 2021 summer transfer window, who would likely command a huge transfer fee.
Despite being just 20 years of age, Haaland is already considered one of the best strikers in world football, with the Norwegian forward scoring a frankly ridiculous 35 goals in just 34 appearances for Dortmund, after joining the club from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
And according to Sky Sports Italia, Haaland is Chelsea’s top transfer target for the summer of 2021, alongside West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
The CIES Football Observatory values Haaland at an eye-watering value of between €150 million and €200 million, with only Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford valued higher than the 20-year-old wonderkid, so the Blues will likely have to pay a significant transfer fee in order to sign him this summer.
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So, what if Chelsea did manage to pull off the signing of Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window ahead of next season? And, what kind of impact could he have at the club?
To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we used Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen.
We ‘signed’ Erling Haaland for Chelsea in Summer 2021
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to arrange for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to join Chelsea in the Summer 2021 transfer window, using FM21 to run our simulation.
The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.