Chelsea must learn from Man Utd transfer lesson after latest Erling Haaland development

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia must learn the lessons from Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho as Thomas Tuchel’s side target Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window. The Borussia Dortmund striker is reportedly interested in a move to Stamford Bridge – although the Bundesliga club have insisted he is not for sale this summer.

Dortmund have repeatedly made it clear they see the 20-year-old staying at the club for another season before his release clause comes into effect next summer.

And they proved last year thay will not be cowed into selling one of their star players on anyone else’s terms.

United were heavily tipped to sign England winger Sancho last summer, and were given a deadline to meet Dortmund’s £108million valuation.

The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to do so – and United missed out despite Sancho reportedly being keen on the move.

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Having missed out on their top target, United waited until transfer deadline day to bolster their attacking ranks with Edinson Cavani, landing the former PSG star on a free.

Cavani’s movement, finishing and huge experience have been a benefit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – who could finally land Sancho this summer.

But after United finished second in the Premier League, many fans will have been left wondering what could have been achieved had the price tag for the winger been met a year ago.

Chelsea will not want to have the same regrets – especially as more clubs will be able to afford to join the race for Haaland in 12 month’s time, when his release clause will mean he could be available for between £65m and £86m.

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Haaland could cost upwards of £150m to prise away from Dortmund ahead of next season.

But United’s failed pursuit of Sancho has shown how the Bundesliga club operate – and skilled negotiator Granovskaia has the chance to succeed where Woodward didn’t.

According to The Telegraph, Haaland would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if the Blues can broker a deal with Dortmund.

The publication also says Haaland would be prepared to wait until next summer before leaving for pastures new.

It seems there are two options to win the race for the Norway international.

The first is to call Dortmund’s bluff and offer the huge sum that would secure the signature of one of the world’s most promising strikers.

The second would be to agree a deal this summer that would see Haaland stay with the German giants for next season, before joining Chelsea in a year’s time.

With Norway not involved in the Euro 2020 finals which start this week, there’s no time like the present for Chelsea to act.

And getting a deal done early would no doubt suit all parties – as well as avoiding the mistakes of United’s protracted pursuit of Haaland’s team-mate.

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