We recently learned a couple of things, however:
- Bayern Munich is keeping its eye on Haaland.
- Chelsea appears very close to a deal for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
Not everyone thinks that Chelsea should completely give up its hopes on Haaland, however.
“The Haaland situation is simple, any team in the world would take him. Full stop. That’s it. He will decide where he goes, he might be thinking it isn’t the right time for him, but he will go on his terms,” said Chelsea and Everton man Pat Nevin in an exclusive interview with British Gambler (made available to Bavarian Football Works). “You can’t wait forever on that one, if Chelsea don’t get him this season, then they might not get him at all. When you’re heading for the top in terms of strikers, then it is Haaland, that’s the player you want.”
It seems set that Haaland will stay at Borussia Dortmund this season, but Nevin would push hard to convince him to move now anyway.
“I’m not saying he’s better than Kane or Lukaku, but he’s younger so he would be the one to bring in. But waiting a year is a long time for football clubs and waiting a year as a Chelsea manager can feel like an entirety as we all know,” Nevin said. “Chelsea just don’t wait; they deal with now which does have a downside when you can lose players such as Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne.”
As for what kind of impact Haaland would make at Chelsea, Nevin things the Norwegian is a massive game changer.
“I suspect if Haaland came to Chelsea, they would win the league, the same can be said if he went to Manchester City or Liverpool,” Nevin said. “He is almost the finishing touch to most teams, so I would pay the extra to Dortmund, but I don’t think that’s what is going on. I think it’s more Haaland deciding who he wants to play for and when he wants to play for them and you can’t blame Dortmund because they will make a good profit off him.”
In the end, Nevin knows Haaland is going to do things his way.
“The way his career has been managed has been stunning, so Chelsea could pay the £160 million or whatever it is, but in his mind, he might be thinking ‘I’m going to play for someone else,’” said Nevin.