Erling Haaland might be the most in demand player this summer after his first full season in the Bundesliga following his move from Red Bull Salzburg. The Norwegian talisman bagged 13 times in 15 appearances following his January move and then in his first full season he found the net a staggering 27 times in 28 games as well as registering 6 assists.
He also scored 10 times in just 8 games during Dortmund’s Champions League campaign. Now with so many clubs looking to beef up their attacking options he’s one of very few world class number 9’s out there and competition for his signature is fierce. Let’s have a look at who’s in the running and who is potentially the best fit.
Erling Haaland to sign for Chelsea odds: 5/2
So obviously, this is a signing I’d bloody love to happen. As a Chelsea fan it was a wonderful season with he Champions League win and also the second half of the Premier League campaign was hopefully a sign of things to come, however there’s work to be done to improve the squad and a formidable number 9 would really take us to the next level.
Listen, I rate Timo Werner. Yes he missed chances last season but he had 12 goals disallowed for various reasons, not always all his own doing. He’s clearly getting in the right places and to say he’s a poor finisher is a lazy argument; his time in Germany showed he’s anything but.
I do believe that with a bit of confidence early doors he could easily score 15-20 goals, however it is a gamble and often we saw his best performances last season come in a more supporting role to Kai Havertz. As much as I believe in Werner, Haaland would be a huge upgrade.
We did move to a system with Havertz as a false 9 last season but I don’t think that’s necessarily what Tuchel wants, more so what he saw as the best option given the players at his disposal.
Chelsea has always been a club rather synonymous with a focal striker, in a similar way that people see Man United as a team who always have wide players. Drogba is of course the standout example, if Haaland was to join he could create a whole new legacy here. You’ve sometimes got to remind yourself he’s just 21 years old.
With the likes of Havertz, Mount, Pulisic, Ziyech and Werner all available to fill in the places around Haaland there’s no doubt he’d get the supply. I mean just look how many chances Werner had last season, we can only imagine the damage Chelsea could’ve cause with big Erling on the end of them.
Erling Haaland to sign for Manchester City odds: 3/1
This one is interesting, it’s pretty clear that City are in the market for a striker but it’s also as clear that their first choice isn’t Erling Haaland. In the midst of a rumoured £160m bid for Harry Kane, it seems pretty obvious that Pep really wants the Englishman to lead his attack.
It’s understandable – Kane got the most goals and assists in the Premier League last season, his playmaking ability is definitely more suited to the Man City team. They operated with a false 9 for the majority of last season, Kane could come in and perform similar duties as well as offering 20+ goals.
The counter argument is about building for the future, Kane is 27 so granted he’s still got probably 5+ years left at the top level however with Haaland; there’s your striker for 10-12 years provided he doesn’t suffer a serious injury or move on.
He would also come at a lower cost, the price tag for the Norwegian is believed to be closer to the 100-120 mark, in fact in 2022 his release clause of £75m activates, however it looks like most clubs don’t want to wait until then. The premium on Kane being English plus his value and irreplaceability to Spurs drives his stock up higher.
Should the Kane deal not go ahead, it’ll be interesting to see what the next move is for City as there’s only a few options they could realistically go for, the only other names I’ve seen banded around are either of Inter’s star men: Romelu Lukaku and Lautauro Martinez.
Lukaku is brilliant but lacks the link up play of Kane, he’s a superb hold up player but Kane offers playmaking ability. Martinez is a very similar mould to Aguero which would theoretically make him a good fit but should Kane’s move be off the table I’d be fascinated to see how the odds move on Haaland’s next club.
I hate to admit it but in a straight shootout with City we may struggle to get him, his old man was a City player and no doubt they’d be pushing the boat out with wages (not that Chelsea cant do the same).
I just wonder how much he’d take to being effectively Pep’s second choice, knowing that Kane was the man he wanted may not be the grounds for a perfect life in the Premier League. Haaland strikes me as someone who would possibly offput by that idea, he appears to be out first choice and something as seemingly small as that could be enough to swing it.
Erling Haaland to sign for Real Madrid odds: 5/1
There’s not been too much commotion about this move for a while now, it did pick up considerable steam a few months back but it does look more likely that Haaland will end up in England.
Numerous stories broke throughout June claiming that Haaland had basically agreed to join Real Madrid come the summer of 2022, as mentioned before that’s when his release clause of £75m becomes active. However nothing was ever really confirmed and clearly pen hasn’t been put to paper, if there was some truth in the rumours then 5/1 starts to look like a pretty hefty price.
I could imagine Haaland being pretty destructive in Spain and could lead a new generation of Real Madrid talent with a number of their players beginning to move on, most notably Sergio Ramos. However until Benzema is done, I’m not sure how much sense a move would make.
To be honest, if they could agree a deal in advance for 2022 that would be fantastic business. Karim Benzema was brilliant last season and showed his value to his national team as he returned to the France set up for Euro 2020, however how much longer does he really have as Madrid’s main man? 1, maybe 2 more seasons? Haaland is a natural replacement and could easily become a legend for Madrid., there’s no reason he couldn’t go on to break club records.
Anytime there’s a big transfer on the horizon it’s pretty difficult to rule real Madrid out of the running. With all the turmoil at Barcelona recently as well it could be a key time for Madrid to capitalise ahead of another tough season, particularly with Atletico Madrid looking like they’re going to be adding some real quality to the ranks – especially if they can get the Griezmann deal over the line.