Chelsea can be encouraged in their pursuit of striker Erling Haaland after seeing Jadon Sancho leave for Manchester United.
Sancho, 21, had his £72.9million move to Manchester confirmed earlier today by both Borussia Dortmund and Man United.
The young English forward has signed a five-year deal, and as a result is the first big name to leave the German club this summer, with others also being linked with moves away.
One of Dortmund’s other superstars who has been touted as a potential striking addition for Thomas Tuchel’s side is Erling Haaland.
At just 20-years-old, the youngster has made himself well known on the big stage, scoring 27 goals in 28 Bundesliga games in the 2020/21 season that has just gone by.
Statistics backup the fact that the only way is up for Haaland’s footballing career.
According to fbref.com, the Norwegian forward was ranked second in the 2020/21 Bundesliga’s total expected goals minus any expected goals from penalty attempts ranking (20.5).
Stats like these, just show why Chelsea are interested in bringing the young forward to Stamford Bridge this summer, as Tuchel looks to build on the Champions League success of last season.
But there is going to have to be a degree of appetite and also some patience needed if the west London club will end up completing this certain deal.
Borussia Dortmund have already made it clear that they are not interested in selling the striker this summer, but the same was said for the likes of former BVB players Ousmane Dembele and many others before they ended up completing their respective moves away from the German club.
Furthermore, Dortmund’s stance could be a negotiation tactic, or even a ploy to entice Chelsea into playing the long game.
But the Blues can take some encouragement from what has happened with Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United.
The Red Devils had to wait a couple of transfer windows before being able to complete the signing of the 21-year-old this summer.
Although Chelsea are not wanting to play the waiting game like Manchester United did, there are lessons to be learned from United’s pursuit of Sancho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side payed close to the German club’s asking price for Sancho, which was the mistake made last summer from the club as they tried to negotiate the asking price down.
Hans-Joachim Low and the rest of the Dortmund board are known with sticking to their guns. They have shown over the years that players only leave on their conditions.
Therefore, £150million plus will more than likely get the deal over the line if Chelsea decide to meet this specific asking price.
One advantage the west Londoner’s have in this pursuit is that they know Haaland’s release clause of €75million (approximately £65million) kicks in next summer.
Dortmund therefore know this is the time where they can make the most money out of the 20-year-old, with his stock being this high.
Alternatives are being looked at by the club, with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane also options.
Both however have their own complications, with the Belgian wanting to stay at Inter Milan, while Tottenham are highly unlikely to sell their star to direct rivals.
The Dortmund forward is the only viable world class option available, meaning all focus will be on making progress in the deal to prise away the Norwegian forward.
Whether Chelsea are successful in this pursuit remains to be seen, but they can certainly take encouragement from what has happened up north in Manchester.
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It could be the case that Tuchel’s side may have to wait another transfer window, and sign a stop gap striker who would cost significantly less.
Letting two stars go in the same transfer window is a prospect Dortmund fans fear and Chelsea fans relish, but it will certainly be a big task for Roman Abramovich and co to complete the deal this summer.
It was the same task for Ed Woodward and co at United when it came to securing the services of Jadon Sancho, and the end result was positive.