Chelsea are already eyeing up a transfer for Erling Haaland and will support new manager Thomas Tuchel with funds.
The Blues’ interest in the Norwegian has been growing throughout the season as their own star forward Timo Werner struggles to find the net.
Borussia Dortmund’s scoring machine, who has 37 goals in 37 games for the Bundesliga side since joining last January, is a big fan of Frank Lampard – who was replaced as manager by Thomas Tuchel this week.
But the Daily Mail have reported that the club’s interest in the 20-year-old has not changed with the new managerial arrival.
The new manager is expected to have backing in the transfer window amid the requirement to secure Champions League football next season.
And the Blues have already started to identify targets to lead the front line in the 2021/22 campaign, with Haaland “admired” by staff at Stamford Bridge.
But they will have to battle at a £66.6m release clause which is not due to come into effect until 2022.
While Chelsea will face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City for the 20-year-old’s signature.
While the Norwegian is also keen on a transfer to 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Haaland’s dad and former City star Alf-Inge has kept tight-lipped on his son’s future, saying this month: “Now he is happy at Dortmund, but Erling loves challenges and in football you never know. We will see.
“He loved [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic [as a child] and Cristiano [Ronaldo], but also [Mario] Balotelli. His hero, however, was Robin Hood. Once we went together to Sherwood Forest.
“He likes to cook and I can assure you that he is a great chef. He prefers above all meat or fish, he is a food freak.”
Haaland has only been at Dortmund for 12 months, arriving from Red Bull Salzburg after scoring 28 goals in 22 games last season.
But the 20-year-old could lead a potent attacking force for the Blues if he were to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.
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