Chelsea are leaving no stones unturned in their pursuit of Erling Braut Haaland, but as it has been mentioned countless times before, he would prefer a move to La Liga, if one of Real Madrid or Barcelona make a serious attempt to sign him.
According to Alfredo Pedulla, Real Madrid have reached a “total agreement” with Haaland over personal terms, with the Norway international more than happy to move to the Spanish capital. However the main obstacle would lie in convincing Borussia Dortmund to sell him, with the Bundesliga side continuing to ask for €175m to sell the 20-year-old despite being aware that he can leave for €75m in 2022.
Real are willing to go only slightly over €100m and with BVB turning out to be tough negotiators, they have looked at Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez as an alternative — who could be available for a much lower €90m, as per Corriere dello Sport. However Los Merengues will continue to focus on Haaland for the next few weeks.
Coming to Hakim Ziyech, AC Milan and Napoli were reportedly vying for the 28-year-old’s signature and as it stands, the former appear to have a more concrete interest. According to Gianluca Di Marzio and Sky Sport Italia, Milan are looking for a playmaker to replace Hakan Calhanoglu, who is heading to city-rivals Inter Milan, with Ziyech as well as PSG’s Rafinha, Amine Adli of Toulouse, Cengiz Under of AS Roma, Everton’s James Rodriguez and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar the frontrunners for reinforcing the position.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Morocco international is now ‘estranged’ from Thomas Tuchel and ‘on his way out’ of Stamford Bridge (ooh, D.R.A.M.A). Milan feel that the recent success of Fikayo Tomori’s loan deal could see similar arrangements between the two sides in the future, and the Rossoneri are hoping that Chelsea make Ziyech available for a temporary stint and, even take on part of his €7m yearly wages.
Corriere dello Sport (via Sempre Milan) note that Chelsea will need funds — and space on their roster — to pursue big-money signings of their own, and this could pave the way for Ziyech’s exit, with Milan manager Stefano Pioli said to be a fan of the creative player’s traits.
Chelsea probably need to trim down the attacking line for next season, and letting Ziyech leave may not be the worst decision there is, although Milan will probably need to come up with better terms for a deal to happen.