June 13, 2021

Chelsea’s upper hand in Haaland transfer race despite astonishing wage demands

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Chelsea still have the upper hand over their rivals in the battle to sign Erling Haaland this summer.

The Borussia Dortmund star is top of the wish list for many clubs around Europe, including Manchester United and Real Madrid.

It comes after a sensational season where the Norway international has scored 41 times in 41 matches – including 10 in the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel is keen on bolstering his strikeforce with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham likely to leave but the current options are hard to prise away.

As a result, Roman Abramovich has decided to go for the main man and launch a raid on Dortmund for Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has courted attention from Europe's biggest clubs
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has courted attention from Europe’s biggest clubs

Signing the 20-year-old will be no easy task with the German club asking for a fee close to £170m.

And the striker’s agent Mino Raiola is also a tricky negotiator, demanding wages in the region of £300,000 – putting off a host of clubs.

But according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are feeling confident that a deal can be pulled off.

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They believe they have the upper hand when it comes to wages and transfer fees with the Champions League victory a major plus.

Such a marquee arrival at Stamford Bridge would instantly elevate the Blues to title challengers in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland is desperate to win the biggest prizes in football

And that is exactly where Tuchel wants to take the club after a fantastic start to his life as Chelsea manager.

Haaland is desperate to win the Champions League and the 1-0 victory over Manchester City last month in the final would have surely grabbed the youngster’s attention.

Many believe that he will contend with Kylian Mbappe for the biggest prizes over the next decade – similar to the rivalry that has raged on between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It means the Leeds-born star will have to pick wisely when choosing his next club, with a move away from Dortmund either set to happen this year or next when a release clause worth around £68m comes into play.

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