Chelsea are said to be ‘confident’ of pulling off a big-money deal for Erling Haaland despite a slew of setbacks.
The Blues declared their intentions to land the Borussia Dortmund superstar early on despite expected competition from the likes of Manchester City, United and other big clubs across Europe.
But with Dortmund said to be demanding somewhere in the region of £150million for their eye-caching frontman ahead of his £68m release clause coming into play next summer, Chelsea may be one of the few clubs with a real chance.
The Blues have been clear that they need a top striker this summer and reports claim Roman Abramovich is willing to provide £150m for new signings this summer.
In a post-pandemic market, Chelsea are one of the few clubs with that spending ability, and that might be why they are said to be ‘confident’ of pulling off a deal this summer, or at least according to former Middlesbrough striker turned Norwegian media man Jan Aage Fjortoft, who has delivered some exciting news.
“Chelsea working intense (sic) to get Erling Haaland. He is seen as the ‘missing’ player to make them challenge for the PL title next season,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Fee very high, but confidence that this can be solved. The main obstacle could be the wage-structure at Chelsea.”
Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has hinted that he is open to switching his international allegiance to Ghana in the future.
The 20-year-old is still eligible to represent the West African nation despite being capped three times at senior level by England.
As reported by Joy Sports, he said: “I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up.
“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already.
“It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England.”
“So it was the thing obviously choosing Ghana or England, and at the end of the day I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me – what’s right, what’s wrong. England came and I said ‘Yeah, let me go and play for my country.
“But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know, so.”
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has lashed out after being left in the dark while on international duty with Senegal.
The Reds ace provided a goal and an assist during his country’s 3-1 win over Zambia on Saturday but was left stuck in the changing rooms at half-time when the usual 15 minute break had to be extended to 35 minutes due to a power cut.
Mane was not impressed – either with the lighting issue – or the playing surface.
Foot Mercato as cited by Sport Witness, quote him as saying: “The Senegalese people deserve better. What happened is deplorable. For top level players, it’s complicated to wait 30-35 minutes and then get back into the game.
“What happened isn’t worthy of a football country like Senegal. I think they need to do better. And the state of the pitch was catastrophic.”