Some Chelsea fans believe the prospect of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland sealing a move to Stamford Bridge this summer is written in the stars.
Despite signing Germany striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in a deal worth around £50million last summer, finding a consistent source of goals has proven difficult for the Blues in the last 12 months.
Although the Chelsea can hardly be critical of themselves after laying their hands on the UEFA Champions League for the first time in nine years last weekend, defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto, scoring goals on a regular basis, certainly in bulk, has been a problem for them in recent months.
Werner ended the campaign as the club’s joint-top leading marksman, scoring 12 alongside forgotten man Tammy Abraham, highlighting just how crucial it is that head coach Thomas Tuchel brings in a new goal-getter this summer to provide that sense of firepower at the top end of the pitch.
In recent months, Chelsea have been linked with a whole host of strikers from across Europe, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan and, of course, Haaland.
However, despite Lukaku being the cheapest option of those three, it is Haaland that the Blues appear to have their heart set on. The Norway international, who is considered as one of the brightest prospects in world football, has enjoyed a simply stunning campaign for Dortmund this season, netting a breathtaking 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions.
His statistics speak for themselves. He is a player with unimaginable levels of talent and Chelsea consider him as the missing link in a side that will enter next season as the best club side in Europe.
But if Chelsea are to sign him this summer they know only too well that they are going to have to smash their club-record transfer fee to stand any chance of getting a deal over the line. However, although the 20-year-old will cost well over £100million, reports in Norway claim that the Blues are working ‘intensely’ to secure his signature.
Chelsea have a sense of ‘confidence’ that they can pay the required transfer fee, even though his wages could prove to be a stumbling block.
However, following a small bit of thought from one Chelsea supporter on social media, several members of the club’s fan base now seem convinced that it is written in the stars that Haaland will swap Dortmund for west London this summer.
That is because one Chelsea fan has recalled the fact that after the club’s last Champions League triumph in 2012, the Blues signed Eden Hazard from Lille. His initials, of course, are ‘EH’, the same as Haaland’s. Furthermore, Hazard, upon arrival at Stamford Bridge, took the No.17 shirt, the shirt number that Haaland wore last season at Dortmund prior to claiming the No.9 shirt this time around.
Even more interestingly, Chelsea signed Hazard at the age of 21, the age that Haaland will turn in just over a month’s time.
Of course, all of these are nothing more than coincidences. However, some Blues fans just seem certain that everything is going to fall into place and Haaland will make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
As you can see from the tweets above, a few Blues fans seem convinced that history could repeat itself and that it is truly written in the stars for Haaland to seal a move to Stamford Bridge.
Back in April, Haaland’s father and his agent – Mino Raiola – went on a tour of Europe to speak with potential suitors, including Barcelona.
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When asked if they would be coming to Chelsea amid the Blues’ keen interest in the striker, Tuchel said: “I will not answer that, out of respect for the player and for Borussia Dortmund. He’s a Borussia Dortmund player, and of course, there’s big news around him and his agent. And it seems like they are creating a race for the player.
“But still everybody needs to accept, and I will fully accept, that he is a Borussia Dortmund player. A very promising player of course, but with respect to the situation he’s not in our squad, he’s not in our club so there’s no comment on anything else regarding him.”