Erling Haaland has responded to recent stories about a mega move to Chelsea, suggesting that €175 million may be too much to pay for him.
Chelsea have recently been at the forefront of transfer stories with links to a mega move for Erling Haaland. The Premier League club has been on the striker’s trail, with talks taking place at different levels in the last month or so. The Blues are prepared to do everything to bring the forward to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were reportedly on the verge of making a huge offer worth up to £130 million for the Norwegian, although no significant movements have taken place in the last week. Owner Roman Abramovich is taking a keen interest to ensure a move for the Dortmund striker succeeds.
However, the German side may not be so keen on selling him just yet. Dortmund have already let Jadon Sancho leave for Manchester United earlier and remain wary of allowing two of their star players to depart in the same window. They could yet be persuaded if a huge offer comes in the way, as a £64 million clause will be activated next summer.
Dortmund certainly wants to make a huge profit through Haaland. They secured him for €30 million from RB Salzburg and demanded around £150 million to let him leave. Agent Mino Raiola is set to conduct discussions over a move and even earlier demanded certain clauses be added if Chelsea’s move materialised.
Erling Haaland to @SkySportDE about Chelsea bid rumours: “Before yesterday I haven't talked to my agent in a month… you’ve to tell me. But I hope they are just rumors, as €175 million would be a lot of money for one person”. 🔵 #CFC #BVB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2021
Fabrizio Romano tweeted out a quote from Haaland’s interview with Sky Sports Germany. The striker was bemused at the prospect of moving for €175 million and believes it’s too much money for one player. The Norwegian also said he spoke to Raiola only after a month now. Here’s Haaland’s quote from Romano’s tweet about the Sky story.
He said, “Before yesterday, I haven’t talked to my agent in a month… you’ve to tell me. But I hope they are just rumours, as €175 million would be a lot of money for one person.”
While it may seem absurd that some club could pay that sort of money when the general financial conditions in football are taking a toll due to the pandemic, Haaland’s words do make plenty of sense.
However, if we take Chelsea’s perspective here, the Champions League holders need to bolster their squad. Their target, albeit very expensive, will likely move to another club next summer with his price tag slashed in half. Thus, the Blues are prepared to pay a massive premium for a terrific player with an amazing marketing value.