Chelsea backed to beat Man Utd to Erling Haaland transfer by Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas has backed Chelsea to sign Erling Haaland this summer (Picture: Getty)

Jermaine Jenas has backed Chelsea to beat their domestic and European rivals to a summer deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Norway international Haaland has established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world over the past three seasons, scoring 27 goals in 29 matches for former club Red Bull Salzburg and 59 goals in 57 games for current team Dortmund.

The 20-year-old’s form for club and country has attracted interest from a number of teams, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Barcelona all interested in securing his signature.

Former England midfielder Jenas believes Chelsea are at the front of the queue for Haaland and says he would not be surprised if they signed him this summer.

‘Chelsea are the only football club that could get Erling Haaland tomorrow,’ the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United star said.

‘That is how their model works. The Haaland deal is very complicated. There are a lot of payments, the dad, the agent, then you have to get the top fee to get him out from Borussia Dortmund this year.

‘If you wait a year you get him for significantly less than you would now. But you are in a competitive market where it will drag the price higher.

A number of clubs have expressed interest in signing Norway striker Haaland

A number of clubs have expressed interest in signing Norway striker Haaland (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea can pay the wages. You can easily see Roman Abramovich turning to Thomas Tuchel and going, “Listen, here is £200m, go and get what you want”.’

Jenas believes Chelsea are more likely to sign Haaland than Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku during this summer’s transfer window.

Lukaku spent three years at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career but only made 10 league appearances before being sold to Everton.

The Belgium international has since developed into one of Europe’s top goalscorers, however, and is now being linked with a return to Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel will bolster his Chelsea squad this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘Is [Romelu] Lukaku the one? I don’t think Chelsea go back very much with players,’ Jenas added.

‘I think they will go younger and go with Haaland. I think they may go for it this year.

‘They know they are probably the only ones along with Man City or PSG that can move that quick and that fast to make it happen. If they get Haaland, they will compete for the league, no doubt.’

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League last season, won the Champions League – beating Man City 1-0 in the final – and reached the FA Cup final, which they lost to Leicester City.

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