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Thomas Tuchel unveils Chelsea’s Plan B if Erling Haaland transfer slips through the net as Dortmund in ‘final stages’ of securing the Star replacement

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Highly-rated youngster Armando Broja could be fast-tracked into Chelsea’s first team if they do not striker this summer.

Thomas Tuchel’s number one priority is to sign a no.9 during the transfer window as he looks to add an out-and-out goalscorer to his side to build on their Champions League win last season in order to challenge for the Premier League title.

Erling Haaland is at the top of the club’s shortlist but with Borussia Dortmund holding out for £150million for the Norwegian forward, it seems likely he will stay in Germany for at least another season.

Chelsea will reignite their interest next summer when they can trigger his release clause which is said to be almost half of Dortmund’s asking price for Haaland.

But with Olivier Giroud’s exit to AC Milan now confirmed and Tammy Abraham surplus to requirements, Chelsea will have to fill the void in some shape or form.

And Goal.com claim that it is possible the Blues do not sign a new forward at all this summer and instead promote from within.

Academy rising star Broja is at the ‘front of the queue’ to make the step up after the 19-year-old impressed on loan at Vitesse last season.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has also been tipped as an alternative to Haaland but utilising Broja would be a more cost-effective option used as a stop gap until the BVB talisman is available at a more affordable price in 12 months time.

The teenager would also gain valuable first team experience that could potentially progress his development and provide a huge boost for Chelsea’s long term plans.

Dortmund in ‘final stages’ of securing potential Erling Haaland replacement.

The Chelsea dream of signing Erling Haaland this summer remains alive.

Chelsea want to get a new center forward. Haaland is always the dream, a hard target to buy, and he remains the #CFC big summer goal.
The second option is Lukaku, but Inter Milan, till now, do not want to sell Romelu. #Transfers

— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) July 22, 2021

The Blues still hold Haaland as the priority target, despite it proving a very tough deal to pull off.

But could some of that reason be because Dortmund are not keen on letting him go unless they have a good replacement lined up? It’s certainly a more than feasible reason, and there is good news for Chelsea fans on that front at least.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, as reported below, Dortmund are now in the ‘final stages’ to sign PSV striker Donyell Malen on a permanent deal, and he could certainly be an option to replace Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund are at final stages to sign Donyell Malen on a permanent deal from PSV. Last details to be fixed between clubs. 🟡⚫️ #BVB

Personal terms agreed until June 2026 with his agent Mino Raiola. Possible medicals in the next days as @RikElfrink reported. https://t.co/0ZynpoJs0i

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 22, 2021

This is certainly a positive for Chelsea if they are to pull off one of the biggest transfer in football history this summer.

It will still take a massive fee to land him, but this will really test just how much Roman Abramovich wants to sign Haaland.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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