Roman Abramovich has made signing Erling Haaland his ‘personal mission’ this summer, as the Chelsea owner prepares to make a move for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Haaland’s future is set to dominate the headlines this summer with Europe’s leading clubs all interested in signing the forward, who has established himself as arguably the most exciting young talent in world football since moving to the Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old is the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League and has now netted a staggering 47 goals in just 48 appearances since signing for Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg, a queue of world football’s biggest clubs preparing to make an approach at the end of the season.
Haaland has a release clause in his contract of €75m that will become active in 2022, though Chelsea are amongst a number of clubs prepared to bid big this summer in a bid to prise the star from the Westfalenstadion.
According to the Star, Chelsea owner Abramovich has made signing Haaland his ‘personal mission’ as he looks to provide Thomas Tuchel with a squad capable of challenging for major honours.
Abramovich is so determined to land the striker that he is prepared to do business with Haaland’s controversial agent, Mino Raiola, in a bid to secure the signing of the Norway international, having previously vowed never to work with the agent again following a fall-out over a deal for Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea believed they had reached an agreement for the signing of the Belgium international from Everton, only to see Lukaku sign instead for Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Securing a place in the top four and Champions League qualification will be essential to Chelsea’s hopes of luring Haaland to west London, though the Blues will face huge competition for his signature with Manchester City and Real Madrid amongst the frontrunners.
Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus are also understood to be interested, in what promises to be the saga of the summer as Europe’s wealthiest sides battle to secure a statement signing.