The Athletic journalist David Ornstein says the involvement of agent Milo Raiola could stop Chelsea from signing Erling Haaland in the summer.
Raiola was involved in Romelu Lukaku’s ill-fated move to Stamford Bridge, meaning there is no love lost between the Dutchman, Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia:
“[Roman] Abramovich, Marina Granovskaia had a bad experience with Raiola when they tried to bring Romelu Lukaku back [in 2017/18] when he joined Manchester United. That was a bruising experience with him [Raiola].”
It was The Athletic website who originally published the story of Chelsea’s interest in Haaland so Ornstein isn’t denying the club’s interest but he is outlining the challenges the Blues will face in signing the Norwegian international.
Raiola generally goes with the club who is willing to pay the most (both in terms of the transfer fee and agent commissions) so the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid will also be major threats in the race to snap up the 20-year-old.
Speculation about Haaland is likely to run and run until the summer when we shall see how serious Chelsea are in securing his signature.