Chelsea are the “real deal” under Thomas Tuchel, according to Micah Richards, who fears they could be on another level were they to land a top summer target.
The Blues have marched into the FA Cup semi-finals after a routine 2-0 win over Sheffield United. The result extends their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to 14 matches – 12 of which have resulted in clean sheets. A top four finish looks well within their sights, while Tuchel will have hopes of Champions League progress after a favourable draw.
Chelsea spent heavily last summer. The likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech all arrived for big fees.
Tuchel is expected to target quality over quantity this summer, however, with Erling Haaland reportedly in their sights. A story last week stated Roman Abramovich is prepared to break his own golden rule to sign the star this summer.
And with Chelsea such a mean machine defensively, pundit Richards fears they’d be a “scary” prospect were Haaland to sign.
“I think they’ve got absolutely everything,” Richards told the BBC after the win over the Blades.
“They’ve sorted their defensive problems. The only thing to add that little bit of icing to the cake would be a striker.
“They’ve put [Timo] Werner in there, they’ve put [Kai] Havertz in there.
“It seems like they’ve not really cracked that offensive aspect of the game.
I’m not going to speculate. If you put Haaland in this team, they’ll be scary next season.”
Haaland to leave if Dortmund miss CL
Chelsea’s hopes of signing Haaland, meanwhile, could hinge on Borussia Dortmund’s league position, it’s been claimed.
The Norwegian cut a frustrated figure on Saturday after Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Koln.
The relegation-threatened club had led 2-1, but Haaland’s late strike salvaged a point.
Dortmund would have wanted the win as they push for the top four. However, the draw kept them in fifth, four points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
Previous reports have outlined how Dortmund are banking on a top-four finish amid their financial difficulties.
According to AS, Haaland’s future at the club also rests on them qualifying for the Champions League.
What’s more, he is reportedly willing to rip up the verbal agreement Raiola made with Dortmund CEO Hanz-Joachim Watzke when he joined in December 2019.
Raiola and Watzke verbally agreed that Haaland could leave for a ‘reasonable’ price in the summer of 2022. While speculation has touted €75million as the fee, AS adds that the pair never put the figure in writing.
Nevertheless, the agreement may not come into play if Dortmund fail with their Champions League push.