Chelsea’s reported interest in Erling Haaland has been swiftly shut down, by the journalist credited with initially sparking the speculation.
Haaland has become one of the most coveted talents in world football after bursting onto the scene over the past year, scoring spectacularly for Red Bull Salzburg to earn a winter window move to Borussia Dortmund.
The forward has continued to go from strength to strength in the Bundesliga and has compiled a phenomenal record of 21 goals in just 23 appearances since moving to the Westfalenstadion, whilst his record at international level stands at six goals in six appearances after netting his first senior hat-trick for Norway during their 4-0 Nations League victory over Romania last weekend.
Europe’s elite are said to be closely monitoring the 20-year-old with The Sun having reported that Haaland had emerged as a ‘key target’ for big-spending Chelsea, citing ‘transfer guru’ Fabrizio Romano as their source for the west London side’s interest.
Romano, however, has moved swiftly to remove himself from the links and insists he never mentioned any potential interest from Chelsea in Haaland, simply revealing the details of the Norwegian’s release clause in his Dortmund contract.
never said 😄 I just said that Haaland will have a release clause and will be interested to see what happens on next summer. But I’ve never mentioned Chelsea.
My news are free on my social media accounts and I NEVER mentioned Haaland to Chelsea 🙂
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 14, 2020
That figure is said to be in the region of £63m and looks to represent incredible value for money for a player who has scored prolifically in his senior career to date, netting 44 goals in all competitions last season for Salzburg and Dortmund, including becoming the first teenager to score in their first five Champions League appearances.
Real Madrid have also been linked with the player in recent months, but reports of Chelsea’s interest seem premature, just another tabloid providing click bait over substantiated information…