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top target Erling Haaland claims his price tag is crazy but here's why Chelsea may be willing to pay it

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Erling Haaland

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Erling Haaland has suggested reports linking him with a mega €175million move to Chelsea are "only rumours", but this story could take a decisive turn in the next couple of weeks.

Chelsea's plan this summer was always to sell players manager Thomas Tuchel considered to be surplus to requirements and target a couple of marquee signings, with Haaland at the top of their most wanted list.

The Norway striker spoke to the media at Borussia Dortmund's pre-season training camp on Tuesday and offered up comments that suggested he is not thinking about a move to Chelsea.

"Before yesterday I haven't talked to my agent in a month, but I hope they are just rumours, as €175million would be a lot of money for one person," he stated, when asked about the interest from European champions Chelsea.

"I have three years left on my contract. I'm enjoying my time here. I'm think about the new season and nothing else."

They were comments that suggested Haaland is unaware of any interest from Chelsea, but the west London club have made no secret of their desire to try and land the most wanted striker in Europe this summer.

Can it happen? Several factors need to fall into place before they are in a position to make a bid that could tempt Dortmund to sell and that would need to be a fee in excess of €120million.

With the a huge fee to be paid to Haaland's agent and a massive wages package added into the equation, that overall cost of this transfer may be too much for Chelsea to contemplate, but they believe they are the only club in Europe this summer who could make it happen and remain within UEFA's FFP rules.

Chelsea collected a windfall of around €100million from winning last season's Champions League already banked and the club coming through the Covid-19 pandemic with a robust financial set-up, Stamford Bridge chiefs have felt all summer that this is a transfer window they can exploit.

While many of their rivals around Europe are struggling financially as they try to come out of the pandemic, Chelsea are ready to pounce for players that will be in demand from more clubs next summer.

While there have always been doubts over whether Chelsea can find a way to fund the lavish transfer of Haaland and remain within the boundaries of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, the first bricks of the Blues' transfer plans are falling into place.

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Dynel Simeu's move to Southampton was the latest Chelsea sale in a summer that has already seen them off-load Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan for €28million and Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace for around €21million.

Willy Caballero, Pierre Ekwah-Elimby, Myles Peart-Harris, Victor Moses and Olivier Giroud are among the players who have also left Chelsea, with striker Tammy Abraham another likely to be sold if the price is right.

So far, Chelsea have recouped around €60million in player sales and the exit of Abraham could push that figure close to €100million.

At that point, Chelsea could consider a huge move for Haaland, with a striker the priority for manager Thomas Tuchel, after he led Chelsea to Champions League glory last season without a prolific marksman leading his line.

With Dortmund set to lose Haaland for €75million due to a release clause in his contract next summer, Chelsea believe an offer of €50million more than that could be enough to secure them a striker all the top clubs will be trying to sign a year from now.

So while Haaland might think his price tag is hard to comprehend, it is a figure Chelsea could be prepared to pay.

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