April 20, 2021

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Why Manchester United target Erling Haaland is having doubts over Chelsea transfer

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Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the DFB Cup - Quarter Final match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund at the Borussia-Park on March 02, 2021 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
Haaland is not planning on moving to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Erling Haaland is not convinced by a move to Chelsea and does not view them among the clubs he wishes to join.

The race is on to sign the Norway international this summer, with all of Europe’s top clubs interested in landing the Borussia Dortmund striker.

It’s easy to see why, Haaland has banged in 29 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga side this season and he’s among Europe’s most prolific marksmen.

Only 20, there is potential for him to become one of the world’s very best and he is expected to be available for around €110million (£95m).

Chelsea are among the sides keen to sign him but, according to Bild, a move to Stamford Bridge does not appeal.

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Haaland doesn’t rate Chelsea among the very best sides in Europe and sees himself moving to only one of six clubs: Juvents, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and DSC Arminia Bielefeld at Signal Iduna Park on February 27, 2021 in Dortmund, Germany.
Haaland is deciding on his next move (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)

He is not interested in taking an intermediate step and wants to join one of Europe’s biggest superpowers, with Chelsea not fitting his criteria.

It will come as blow to Chelsea, with owner Roman Abramovich thought to be a big admirer of the striker, but Paul Merson had predicted the 20-year-old wouldn’t fancy a move to Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.

‘I think next season Thomas Tuchel will be saying to the board, to Roman Abramovich, I need a top-drawer centre-forward,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘You will not win the Premier League, or be anywhere close, if you don’t have players around the top-scorer mark. At the moment, I don’t see Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud being in that category.

‘The way they are now, if you’re Erling Haaland and Chelsea come in and say we’ll pay £110m or whatever it is, we’ll give you this much a week, he will be looking at the same time at the way Chelsea play, and that they’ve only scored eight goals in seven games.

‘You can only score goals if there’s chances and Chelsea haven’t made a lorry load of chances. Liverpool’s finishing against Sheffield United was poor, but they made a lorry load of chances.

Thomas Tuchel head coach of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Champions League game between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, in Bucharest, Romania on February 23, 2021.
Tuchel is set to miss out on Haaland (Picture: Anadolu Agency via Getty)

‘Chelsea need to be showing more than what they’re showing at the moment. Because if I’m a world-class centre-forward and Chelsea want me, I’m having a look and saying to my agent “they don’t really make a lot of chances, do they?”.

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‘Even though they’re a good team, I’m not getting five or six chances in the game. I’m working on scraps.’

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