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Erling Haaland is one of the most in demand strikers after a phenomenal spell with Borussia Dortmund.
The Norwegian sensation arrived Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020 with a massive reputation, but there were doubts over his pedigree due to the league he was coming from. Having scored an incredible 40 goals in 43 games in the Bundesliga over the last 18 months, the 20-year-old is now rated as one of the best strikers in the world.
Many top clubs have been linked with the 20-year-old sensation, but transfer expert Duncan Castles believes Chelsea are leading the race for his signature.
However, Castles believe that Haaland’s super agent Mino Raiola will try to play smart on Chelsea so he can broker another deal in the near future.
According to Castles, Raiola will try to install a clause which would allow Chelsea to buy Haaland at a fixed price before his buyout clause triggers next year which is believed to be in the region of €75 and €100 million.
Castles however believes that Mino will set things up for Haaland to leave for Real Madrid like Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, when he eventually signs for Chelsea.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast on 30 June, Castles said of Haaland joining Chelsea FC: “It depends how badly Chelsea want to do the deal.
“When we broke the story of the Chelsea agreement with regards to those substantial personal terms Mino Raiola and Erling Haaland’s father are seeking for the player and an agreement on commission, we talked about how Chelsea had seen the opportunity to take advantage of clubs not being prepared to spend the money that is required to get Haaland this summer.
“In much the same way as they got [Timo] Werner and [Kai] Havertz last summer at big prices but at a time when other clubs weren’t prepared to spend…
“Raiola has been marketing Haaland to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United as a player you have one chance to buy and you keep for 10 years.
“It does look like if it’s going to be Chelsea. Raiola has the opportunity to insert an ability to move to another club at a later stage.
“Chelsea aren’t necessarily the club that keeps their star players right to the limit. We’ve seen them sell [Eden] Hazard and [Thibaut] Courtois in recent years.
“It does appear that Raiola is trying to give himself the opportunity to move Haaland again for substantial money with a release clause that might ratchet down per season according to how many seasons Haaland stays at the club rather than if he was doing a deal to Real Madrid or Barcelona, where you’re selling the player with no accessible release clause.
“I think you’re getting a sense of the tension in the deal – and this wouldn’t have been Haaland’s first choice and wouldn’t have been Raiola’s or his father’s first choice – but it might be the only deal they can get to happen this summer at the elevated transfer fee, commission and salaries they’ve been asking for.
“So they’re trying to structure it in the way that they have a second chance at a big money.
“I’m sure by this stage that they’re aware Roman Abramovich wants this deal to happen and he’s driving the deal to get one of the top strikers on the market now ahead of competition. There will be a pressure on Marina Granovskaia to make it happen.”