Erling Haaland reportedly remains on Chelsea’s transfer radar despite their managerial change.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich splashed the cash last summer, as former head coach Frank Lampard spent over £200m on seven new signings to bolster his first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
But with question marks over Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud as well as Timo Werner’s recent struggles, there have been strong links to one of the most prolific strikers around.
Of course, Chelsea would have to break the bank for Haaland were they to sign him in the summer and The Athletic revealed earlier in the month that this is exactly the plan.
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Any suggestions that the Blues’ transfer plans may have changed following Thomas Tuchel’s appointment have swiftly been dismissed.
Although the summer window is still several months away, the German has already started putting plans in place, with a raid on the Bundesliga looking likely.
It is reported that RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano, David Alaba of Bayern Munich, and Haaland are all on his radar.
Haaland has a £68million release clause in his contract, but that does not become active until 2022, meaning any interested party would be forced to pay a much higher fee to land his signature this summer.
The Norway international shares a Borussia Dortmund connection with Tuchel, although he arrived at the Signal Iduna Park after the 47-year-old had left for Paris Saint-Germain.
With that said, their paths have crossed before.
In the last-16 stage of the Champions League last season, Dortmund and PSG clashed over two legs with Haaland netting twice in the first-leg to give the Germans a lead heading into the return meeting.
The Ligue 1 giants would overturn that deficit en route to reaching the final, but the striker showed Tuchel in the first-leg…