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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to make it his personal mission to sign Erling Haaland this summer.
And that is despite Chelsea once insisting they would never again do business with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola.
Chelsea fell out with Raiola over Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United instead of them in 2017.
They believed they had won the race to sign the Belgium star and were not impressed when he ended up at United.
Ironically, the two clubs are now set to compete for Borussia Dortmund sensation Haaland, who is also United’s priority target.
Any move for Haaland, who has 31 goals in 30 games this season, depends on Chelsea finishing in the top four as he wants to join a Champions League team.
It is also complicated by the fact Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all chasing the red-hot Norway striker.
But Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has been told the club will make a strong push for the 20-year-old if they do manage to qualify for Europe’s top club competition.
Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around £64m which can be triggered in the summer of 2022.
But Chelsea hope to steal a march on their rivals by going for Haaland this summer and are prepared to make an offer Dortmund would find hard to refuse.
Top scorer Tammy Abraham has recently fallen out of favour at Chelsea, Timo Werner has not worked out as hoped, and Olivier Giroud’s future is in doubt.
So the Blues, who have used Kai Havertz as a false nine recently, are in the market for a top-class striker like Haaland to lead the line next season.
Real Madrid and Bayern prefer to wait a year for Haaland but will not allow Chelsea a free run at him if he becomes available this summer.
And the Blues can certainly expect to face competition from both Manchester clubs if Dortmund do decide to sell.
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