Chelsea have been in contact with Erling Haaland’s representatives over the possibility of a summer move to Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The 20-year-old has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe since joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January of last year.
Haaland has scored 57 goals from 59 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund, earning links to a number of the world’s biggest clubs as a result of his formidable attacking prowess.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and both Manchester clubs have all been mentioned in connection with the Norway international’s signature in recent months.
The Blues are in need of a top-class striker ahead of next season, with Thomas Tuchel’s current options somewhat limited at the top of the pitch.
Olivier Giroud signed a contract extension earlier this month but looks to be approaching the end of his career at 34 years of age, while Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner have failed to live up to expectations since the turn of the year.
Kai Havertz has been forced to adapt to the No 9 role in recent outings, with Chelsea able to reap the benefits of landing an out-and-out striker ahead of the new campaign.
Haaland is believed to be near the top of Tuchel’s transfer shortlist alongside Tottenham’s wantaway striker Harry Kane.
However, given Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell his prized asset to the Stamford Bridge club, it seems as though their focus has switched to pursuing a move for Dortmund’s attacking talisman.
Chelsea have already held talks with Haaland’s camp in order to establish the likelihood of a summer switch, according to transfer expert Kristof Terreur.
It is claimed that Dortmund have asked for a fee of £154million in order to part ways with their star man, a request that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly prepared to oblige.