Former Chelsea man Tony Cascarino has backed the Blues to make a ‘mind-boggling’ offer for Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
The striker notched 27 goals in 28 league appearances last season and was named as the Bundesliga player of the year.
Manchester City and Manchester United were in the hunt for his signature, but it’s now Chelsea who are leading the race.
Owner Roman Abramovich has apparently set aside £150million for him to be signed this summer.
Chelsea appear to be preparing for his arrival by offloading most of their existing crop of strikers.
Olivier Giroud joined AC Milan for €2m, while Tammy Abraham is wanted by Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa.
Speaking about Chelsea’s striker hunt, Cascarino told talkSPORT (via Daily Mail): “Some people will say that doesn’t work but clubs are trying to abide by the [financial fair play] rule and they have to move people out.
“For them to do that they are going to do a mind-boggling transfer and I think it will be Haaland.
“Whether everyone says no it’s next year and that’s in his contract, Chelsea are going to offer big money for somebody and I suspect it will be him.”
Chelsea are already the Champions League holders after beating City 1-0 in the final.
But Abramovich is expected to fund more statement signings so Thomas Tuchel can improve his squad further.
Cascarino added: “Chelsea have earned a lot of money over the last year or so, [through the] Champions League and sale of [Eden] Hazard. They make quite a lot of money.
“I cannot believe they aren’t going to break the bank to get someone like Haaland. They are going to do a really big transfer in my opinion.
“It’s been so quiet but the storm is coming. Roman [Abramovich] has always done it. He’s always backed it up, I’d be gob smacked if they go in with the squad they’ve got today even though they are European champions, expect a really big deal from Chelsea.”
Dortmund have already allowed Jadon Sancho to leave for Old Trafford. He’s finally been announced as a United player following years of rumours.
Sancho’s most likely replacement at the Westfalenstadion is PSV’s Donyell Malen, formerly of Arsenal.