Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes transfer decision to aid Erling Haaland pursuit



Posted Thursday, April 08, 2021 by Express.co.uk

Chelsea look set to part ways with one of their existing attacking stars in order to make way for Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea are looking to sell Tammy Abraham in the summer transfer window in order to make room for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, according to reports. Thomas Tuchel's side are one of several clubs in the hunt for the Norwegian striker, who has established himself as one of the most prolific finishers in world football since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January of last year.

The Blues are likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid for Haaland's signature, which can be secured for a nine-figure transfer fee in the region of £127million at the end of the season.

Tuchel is in dire need of a world-class forward to lead the line ahead of the German manager's first shot at Premier League glory next season.

Veteran striker Olivier Giroud appears to be nearing the end of his career at 34 years of age, while summer signing Timo Werner has failed to live up to expectations and is often deployed in a supporting role rather than at the tip of Chelsea's attacking trident.

The west London club have also had the option to call on Abraham, but Tuchel has largely resisted the temptation, instead opting to use Kai Havertz as a makeshift centre-forward in a number of recent outings.

And with just two months until the transfer window opens, it seems as though the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss is ready to see the back of Abraham amid continued speculation over his immediate future.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes transfer decision to aid Erling Haaland pursuit
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Erling Haaland (Image: GETTY)

According to the Mirror, the Blues are hoping to cash in on their man this summer, which could free up an attacking slot for Haaland.

Abraham was a regular under former boss Frank Lampard, who showed a keen willingness to bring through the club's academy graduates, but has barely had a look in since Tuchel's appointment at the end of January.

He has played just five times in all competitions, completing the entire 90 minutes on just one occasion, and was left out of the matchday squad entirely for Saturday's 5-2 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

The former Bristol City loanee has been struggling with an injury in recent months but has failed to win over Chelsea's new boss when fully fit.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes transfer decision to aid Erling Haaland pursuit
Abraham could soon be on his way out of Stamford Bridge (Image: GETTY)

Tuchel claimed last month that Abraham can still battle for a first-team berth under his leadership, admitting that it has been difficult for the England striker to get back into the swing of things following his recovery.

"Of course, he needs to be fit, that’s correct," Tuchel told reporters. "Then to take it step by step, through good training performances and to fight his way back.

"The way back is maybe for him to be a substitute and to be hungry and full of quality in training. These are the next steps, but now is not the moment to worry about the first eleven.

"He has been out for many games, unfortunately too many games. It is absolutely not his fault and he is hungry to come back and he tries all the time.

"He tries all the time, but this is the risk to push the players back as soon as possible."

It is unlikely that Abraham will struggle to find a new club, with a number of Premier League sides said to be keen on sealing his services.

Aston Villa, who signed Abraham on a temporary basis for their promotion campaign three years ago, are understood to be near the front of the queue.



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