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Chelsea may have been presented with a golden chance to sign Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund currently drawing up a list of possible replacements for the striker. Haaland is set to leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of the season, with a number of top European clubs in the race to sign him.
Though they signed Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee in the summer transfer window, the Blues remain interested in the Norwegian.
The 21-year-old looks set to be a generational talent after scoring an astonishing number of goals since arriving at Dortmund two years ago.
He has scored 19 goals in just 17 games this season and also fired Dortmund to the DFB-Pokal trophy last term.
His influence on Dortmund was clear to see on Saturday when he provided an assist during their remarkable comeback win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
That is an influence that Dortmund are now trying to replace as they prepare for Haaland’s imminent exit.
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Those preparations could also open the door to Chelsea moving to the front of the queue in the race to sign him.
According to Fichajes, Dortmund are ‘targeting’ a move for Timo Werner, with the money they will receive from selling Haaland.
But rather than wait until Dortmund are able to use that cash, the Blues could make a proposal that will leave both sides happy.
While part-exchange deals are relatively rare, that is exactly what Chelsea could do in order to bring in Haaland.
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Werner has failed to live up to his own hefty price tag since arriving at Stamford Bridge ahead of last season.
And Chelsea could now attempt to swap the misfiring German for red-hot Haaland, who will surely provide the goals that Werner has not been able to.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will need to find a way to include both Haaland and Lukaku in his line-up if such a deal is made.
But if Haaland did arrive at Stamford Bridge, it would hand Tuchel the best strikeforce in the Premier League.
Few clubs will be willing to match the fee that Chelsea paid RB Leipzig to buy Werner back in the summer of 2020.
As a result, the news that Dortmund are interested in using him to replace Haaland presents them with a golden opportunity.
Though they will need to send a portion of a transfer fee in return for Haaland, using Werner as a makeweight could make a deal with the Blues much more attractive.
And that could hand them an unexpected advantage in a race that also contains the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid.
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