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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Ex-Blues duo agree that this goal manchine is the transfer to help Chelsea improve

  ESPN's Craig Burley and ex-Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit have agreed that Chelsea need to do all they can in their powers to prise...

ESPN's Craig Burley and ex-Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit have agreed that Chelsea need to do all they can in their powers to prise Erling Haaland out of Germany this summer.


Haaland, 21, has been heavily linked to a move to Stamford Bridge this summer to fill the lack of goals void in Thomas Tuchel's Champions League-winning squad, with the Blues having prepared a big offer for the forward in recent weeks.

Borussia Dortmund so far have proved a tough nut to crack in negotiations, with the Westfalenstadion based club adamant that the 21-year-old will remain in Germany this summer, amid talks of Roman Abramovich and co. preparing a huge £150million plus bid. Jadon Sancho's sale to Manchester United this summer for a reported £73m has meant that Marco Rose's club are not in any need of raising further capital.

"I tend to say that every day but no one really seems to listen as I hear something new every week."

Despite Chelsea facing a 'mission impossible' type of task in signing the young sensation this summer, this hasn't stopped former footballer and now ESPN pundit Burley from having his say on the matter.

The ex-Celtic midfielder strongly believes that the west Londoners need to break the bank in this transfer window in order to bring in a player who he reckons will give the Blues 'longevity' in sorting out their goalscoring problems. A conundrum that has haunted them since Diego Costa controversially left the club in 2017. 

 Speaking to ESPN FC, Burley said: “This is the one guy in world football I would break the bank for at the moment. “You’re buying longevity, you’re buying a player who, it’s scary to say, can still get better. Power and pace, poise at the end and finishing [in front of goal]. Everything we’ve seen from this young man.

“He’s a bank breaker. The clubs who are able to do it, they have to go to their investors and say, ‘we’ve got to get this man’. You go and slap down the biggest offer you can on Dortmund’s table – £150m or whatever.” Ex-Chelsea midfielder Petit shares a similar view to the now TV pundit, spurring his former club to go 'all out' for the forward in this transfer season. Petit told Paddy Power at the beginning of July: “I’ll make it simple. 

Giroud is on his way out of Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is probably leaving on loan. “Timo Werner is still struggling to score goals consistently and Kai Havertz is not a striker. Chelsea need a new striker and someone who scores lots of goals. “Haaland is the answer. He’s strong, powerful and young with a bright future in front of him.

“Haaland’s value is already very high, and connections with Tuchel increase his chance of joining Chelsea. “Offensively, he could become the finisher that Chelsea really need. I can imagine his relationship with Mount, Havertz, Pulisic and Ziyech making him score lots of goals at Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea needs a top striker, it’s as simple as that.” Whether the west London outfit make immediate progress within the next weeks in the deal to bring Haaland in remains to be seen, but Abramovich has certainly now been given the seal of approval to go all guns blazing for the signing.

Away from the 21-year-old, Marina Granovskaia kicked off the Blues' transfer window with the signing of goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. also understands that the west Londoners are in talks to complete their second incoming deal of the summer, with Sevilla's Jules Kounde the target identified by Tuchel to take his defence to the next level.

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