On the latest Transfer Talk podcast, Dharmesh Sheth and Tom Williams discuss how Chelsea could land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and if he would be the right fit.
Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that Chelsea are interested in signing Haaland this summer, despite Real Madrid remaining the favourites to sign the 20-year-old Norway international.
Haaland is under contract at Dortmund until 2024 but it is understood the Bundesliga club could be tempted into selling the striker if they receive an offer greater than his €75m (£66m) release clause, which comes into action in the summer of 2022. Chelsea are one of very few clubs who will have that kind of money available to spend this summer.
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But would Haaland opt for a move to Stamford Bridge, with the option to work with new manager Thomas Tuchel? European football writer Tom Williams laid out just what Chelsea would need to be able to land one of football’s most in-demand players.
He told the latest Transfer Talk podcast: “It’s easy to see the appeal – moving to a big club like Chelsea, the glamour that comes with that, living in London. We know that Haaland is a fan of English football, his Dad [Alf-Inge Haaland] played over here and he grew up watching Leeds, Man City, Nottingham Forest and running round in their replica shirts.
“So there is feeling that he will end up here someday and his game would certainly be suited to English football. He has got the physique, he has got the pace, he has got the skills set, he’s a freak of nature and it would be great to see him here.
“I think it will depend on two factors primarily. Firstly, can they offer him Champions League football because anything but that for Haaland would be a step back? He has had a taste of it with Dortmund and he’s taking to it like a duck to water and he’ll want to keep playing in the competition.
“And secondly, is he going to start in…