The January transfer window proved to be a month that nobody associated with Chelsea Football Club is likely to remember.
Just as expected, the window produced nothing in terms of new arrivals, with only a handful of departures keeping transfer guru Marina Granovskaia busy.
Regardless of the club’s league position or managerial situation, Chelsea were never going to be on the hunt for new additions last month, despite being continuously linked with the likes of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. But with Frank Lampard having recently been sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who will be looking to maintain his unbeaten start to life as Blues head coach when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday evening, the club’s interest in Rice is poised to dwindle.
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However, the Blues are poised to retain their interest in Haaland, with Tuchel, according to reports, having earmarked him as one of several key transfer targets he has for the summer. The Norway international, according to the Italian media, was first targeted by Chelsea back in December, with the club keen to bolster their attacking options this summer.
Admittedly, the battle to sign Haaland is not going to be straightforward for the Blues, as a whole host of clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid, are keeping tabs on him.
Much to the frustration of Chelsea and their rivals in the race to sign the highly-talented 20-year-old, his £68million release clause does not come active until the summer of 2022, meaning anybody willing to launch a move for one of the hottest properties on the planet this summer will have to pay well above that price.
The Athletic, though, reported last month that Chelsea were prepared to jump the gun ahead of their rivals in an attempt to land…