Sport Graeme Souness insists Chelsea should sign £154m star Erling Haaland
Haaland's father and agent land in Barcelona for talks over £154m move
Barcelona's new president Joan Laporta seems to have stolen a march on his competitors as his assistant picked up Haaland's agent and father from the airport on Thursday morning.Haaland is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, having scored 49 goals in as many games since arriving from RB Salzburg last January, with Manchester United, City and Chelsea all interested in the 20-year-old.
Graeme Souness has urged Chelsea to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The Sky Sports pundit believes that the strength of the Blues' squad is second only to Manchester City's in the Premier League, but insists Thomas Tuchel's side need to sign a proven goal scorer to compete for the top honours.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday to move up to fourth, but Souness believes despite the emphatic win they're still lacking the kind of quality up front that will enable them to win the 'big trophies' in the future.
'When you look at the team that started for Chelsea today and look at the subs, I would put Chelsea as having the second strongest squad in the Premier League behind (Manchester) City. Souness told Sky Sports.
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Raiola has started to drum up interest in the Norwegian sensation after flying to Barcelona and Madrid on Thursday for talks with Spain's two biggest clubs over a possible summer transfer. It is also believed Raiola and his father, Alf-Inge, will fly to England on Friday to open talks with English giants Chelsea, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool as their whistle-stop negotiation tour continues.
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'Other than having an out and out 25-30 goals a season man, Chelsea are pretty near the finished article. If they get that, they’ll be very dangerous. If they can land one in the summer you never know.
'No one is talking about them for the guy at Dortmund, (Erling) Haaland. Would they have a go there?
'I’m sure the owner would have a go if he saw any encouragement this year that they could be the team to win the big trophies, his eyes are only on the league and the Champions League, Abramovich. I think he would go again (and spend big for Haaland).'
Former England striker and fellow pundit Darren Bent agreed that Haaland would be a success at Stamford Bridge, and believes that Blues striker Timo Werner is lacking in confidence after disappointing first season in England.
'Haaland certainly would do that (score 25+ a season) and I’m pretty sure they would have thought they had one in (Timo) Werner. Bent told Sky Sports.
'The way he started I thought maybe they’ve got one here. But obviously his confidence is gone now. He didn’t feature today.
'With the clear-cut chances they certainly created today, if they did have someone like a Haaland, they would’ve won by 6 or 7.'
Haaland's family links to Man City are a worry, admits Paul Scholes .
Erling Haaland's dad, Alf-Inge, represented Manchester City as well as Leeds during his time in England, two of United's biggest rivals, and Paul Scholes is wary of how key those links could be.Haaland's dad, Alf-Inge, represented City as well as Leeds during his time in England, two of United's biggest rivals.