With 43 days remaining in the 2021 summer transfer window, Thomas Tuchel looks to build on his Champions League winning squad by bringing in a new striker to up Chelsea’s goal-count for the upcoming season.
Since taking over from Frank Lampard in January 2021, Tuchel hasn’t seen an influx of signings like his predecessor did last year with the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell arriving for big money.
As the German looks to rebuild his squad this summer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland seems to be the frontrunner in Tuchel’s plans.
Scoring a total of 41 goals in 41 appearances for the Bundesliga side in the 2020/21 season, there is little doubt that Haaland will bring the goal scoring threat Chelsea were hoping Werner would bring in the season just gone.
In the Blues’ first pre-season outing against Peterborough on Saturday 17 July, Tuchel was seen trialling a 4-2-4 formation whereby two forward’s played next to each other with two wide players supporting.
This could be in preparation for Haaland to play alongside Kai Havertz in the frontline, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic supporting for example.
What would happen with Werner?
Haaland’s arrival could also leave Werner in a tricky position, as he looks to retain his place in Chelsea’s starting XI. While Tuchel is a big fan of the German’s pace down the left side, his first season with the West London club was underwhelming from a fans’ perspective and many have called for him to go.
Dortmund holding firm
Despite Haaland being Chelsea’s main transfer target as it stands, Dortmund seem adamant that he’ll be staying in Germany.
And with Dortmund reportedly not willing to let their star man go for anything less than 150 million euros, it is looking like Haaland won’t be travelling to London on the cheap.
Chelsea however remain keen to bring in the Norwegian machine, following a season that lacked goals, with Jorginho ending up as the Bues’ top goal scorer in the Premier League with seven goals.
If Haaland were to join Tuchel in London, there is little doubt that Chelsea will have all the potential to fight for a spot at the top of the Premier League table in 2021/22.