Blues to open £77m bid to sign world class attacker, £90m duo issues transfer message to Chelsea board, as world cup winner hints on signing for Chelsea in 2012
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has reportedly decided how much the Blues will offer Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for their in-demand striker Erling Haaland.
Haaland, largely considered one of the most promising forwards in world football, will have a release clause in his contract from next year which will allow him to leave the Bundesliga.
His release clause will reportedly be around the £65 million mark.
But, with Real Madrid and other wealthy European clubs also interested in securing Haaland’s services, Chelsea are set to make a £78 million bid to boost their chances of signing him.
He burst onto the scene while playing for Salzburg in the Champions League two years ago and quickly attracted the interest of many European clubs, including several Premier League sides.
Chelsea are believed to be very keen on signing the Norwegian in the summer, as Tuchel believes he is required to help the Blues mount a title bid next season.
Haaland has scored 25 goals in 24 appearances so far this season for Dortmund across all competitions.
Boateng issues Sule and Boateng transfer message to Chelsea board
Jerome Boateng has informed Chelsea that he is at hand to help get a deal done for Jerome Boateng of Niklas Sule.
Boss Thomas Thuchel will be looking to improve that back-line in the summer transfer window and add a bit more proven quality to the side, especially as he knows that Thiago Silva will not be around forever.
That has led to speculation in the media that we are interested in raiding Bayern in the summer for the signature of Boateng or Sule, who both look set to leave the Bundesliga Champions.
Boateng is out of contract at the end of the season and has not been able to agree a new contract, with reports that Bayern have acquired Dayot Upamecano as the immediate replacement for the German ace.
And Sule has also been linked with a move away from the club after failing to establish himself in the first-team this season, leading to suggestions that we are looking to pay £25 million to try and secure a five-year contract.
Now, amid the speculation, Boateng has opened up and told the board that he is at hand to help the club get some deals done, Asked about the rumours surrounding the two Bayern stars, Rudiger – who helped lure Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge – told Bild’s Christian Falk: ‘If Chelsea were to decide on one of the three players as a transfer target, I would be available to answer any questions.
‘I know Jerome and Niklas very well and I’ve already had contact with David Alaba.’
World Cup-winning Frenchman could have signed for Chelsea back in 2012
Kylian Mbapee could easily have signed for Chelsea for free if the Blues had been more adventurous.
The Paris Saint-Germain sensation was on trial at the club back in 2012 while playing for amateur club AS Bondy.
The 22-year-old attacker initially impressed but they wanted him to come back for another trial – an invitation that didn’t sit well with his mother.
And the Premier League giants did not rate his defensive work rate and wanted the player to track back.
Serge Daniel Boga was the Blues scout who spotted the ace on the outskirts of Paris and recalled Kylian’s mother’s response to the second invitation.
Speaking to Goal, Serge said: “‘Listen, my boy won’t be coming back. If they want him they have to take him now, or in five year’s time they will be coming back to buy him for €50m (£45m).”
Not even his mother could predict his market price would have reached a whopping £150 million when he joined the Parisians from Monaco in 2017.
According to Boga, the west London heavyweights’ main concerns were Mbappe’s defensive abilities.
Serge added: “He was very skilful, but in England they want to see the player track back and be a hard worker. At the time, he wasn’t a hard worker, defensively he wasn’t there yet.
“Chelsea wanted to see him again to see how he could improve on this- I think that’s why they asked him back.
“He did skilful things and dribbled well, so maybe the things they wanted to see in the second trial was improved work on the defensive side.”
Kylian further announced himself on the world stage this week when he scored a Champions League hat-trick in the Ligue 1 champions’ 4-1 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.