Chelsea are not giving up on Erling Braut Haaland, despite his massive transfer fee and wages to match, and are apparently desperate enough for the 20-year-old’s signature that we’d even be willing to consider setting up a transfer this summer, for next summer, as per the Telegraph’s latest report.
This idea goes along with initial reports back in January of Chelsea wanting to get a jump on potential rivals in this pursuit. Few teams could afford Dortmund’s €150-200m asking price, but they’d surely all be interested if given the opportunity. That opportunity might come next summer, when Haaland’s supposed £65-85m release clause is set to come into effect — still hardly cheap, but more affordable.
Chelsea could thus tempt BVB into agreeing a deal now, but set to go ahead twelve months from now. (Similar to how Liverpool signed Naby Keïta a few years ago, agreeing a transfer for July 2018 eleven months prior.)
That sort of agreement comes with all sorts of inherent risk (injuries, form, etc.), but Haaland might be worth it. The Telegraph’s report claims he would be “attracted” by the Premier League, even if it may not be his ultimate preference, and that Chelsea remain “optimistic” in our pursuit. That sure sounds like an eventual Real Madrid transfer, though Chelsea should be able to retain pretty good resale value in this case (just as we managed with Eden Hazard).