World class Bundesliga duo top Tuchel wishlist for Chelsea in summer

Date published: Friday 29th January 2021 9:41 - Samuel Bannister

Erling Haaland

Chelsea have placed Erling Braut Haaland and David Alaba at the top of their summer transfer wish-list, according to a report.

The Blues spent heavily in the summer 2020 transfer market and are prepared to show their ambition again at the end of this season.

With Thomas Tuchel now in charge, Chelsea are hoping to boost the fortunes of German players currently at the club, such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

It seems their transfer focus also has a German theme, with their two main targets hailing from the Bundesliga.

Chelsea remain in the market for a new striker despite the addition of Werner last summer. Borussia Dortmund starlet Haaland is one of the most in-demand players in that position.

The Norwegian striker has scored 37 goals in 37 games since moving to Germany. At the age of 20, he is already one of the best in Europe.

It seems clear that Dortmund will not be able to keep hold of him forever. Indeed, he has a €75m release clause in his contract, which will be active in summer 2022.

Before then, though, Dortmund could be tempted into selling if they receive a bid higher than that amount.

 

According to Sky Sports, that has put Chelsea on alert. They are one of the few clubs who could afford that and Haaland is a player who appeals.

Real Madrid are also in the running for Haaland and are currently the favourites to sign him. However, they are not the financial powerhouse they once were, so may have to wait until that situation recovers.

In the meantime, Chelsea could sneak in with a bid of their own in the summer. Although, with three years still left on his contract, Dortmund can command a high price.

Alaba also wanted by Chelsea

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Haaland would be the latest in a long line of attacking signings at Stamford Bridge if they were to get a deal over the line. But they also need to focus on their rearguard.

Therefore, they are in the race to sign Alaba when his contract with Bayern Munich expires, Sky add.

Alaba is out of contract at the end of the season and will not sign a renewal with the German champions. Therefore, the Austria international will be on the lookout for a new club.

Chelsea are among his potential suitors, although they once again face competition from Real Madrid.

Manchester United, Liverpool and PSG are also said to be in the running – with Sky saying the latter have come in strongly in the pursuit of the 28-year-old.

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