Chelsea are keen on the idea of signing both Erling Haaland and Sergio Aguero in the summer transfer window as they seek to add a significant amount of goals to their team for next season.
The Blues harbour ambitions of challenging for the Premier League title under Thomas Tuchel in the 2021-22 campaign.
But they know they must improve their goal tally, with their top scorer in the top flight this term Tammy Abraham and Jorginho both on six, with all of the latter’s goals having come from the penalty spot.
Strikers Olivier Giroud, Timo Werner and Abraham have combined for just 15 Premier League goals, four less than Golden Boot leader, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, has managed on his own.
As a result Chelsea are one of a number of clubs keen to pitch themselves as the best destination for Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland should he leave the German giants this summer.
Haaland has struck 49 goals, adding 11 assists, in 51 appearances at the Signal Iduna Park and is also wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Aguero will meanwhile be a free agent once his contract with Man City expires in June but the Argentine is eager to stay in England despite a 10-year stint at the Etihad.
That’s because he is fourth on the all-time Premier League top scorers list on 181 and will believe he can catch second-placed Wayne Rooney on 208, although leader Alan Shearer is still way ahead on 260.
And according to 90min, Chelsea are open to the idea of bringing in both Haaland and Aguero, with the futures of Abraham – entering the final two years of his contract and currently unwilling to extend – and Giroud, 34 and out of contract this summer, uncertain.
The report claims Chelsea are willing to break the bank to land Haaland ahead of their many rivals for the prolific Norway international’s signature.
But the idea of signing a second striker is an idea being discussed at Stamford Bridge and one which the Londoners are open to.
City’s record goalscorer Aguero is one possible candidate given he will be a free agent in the coming months and has a wealth of Premier League experience.
It is claimed talks have already been held with Aguero’s representatives and that they were so advanced that personal terms were discussed, the striker thought to earn around £230,000 a week at present.
Chelsea owner Abramovich may only focus on signing one new striker given the potential costs of landing a player of Haaland’s talents, with Dortmund wanting at least £127million (€150m) for the Scandinavian.
Yet 90min say club officials believe their season has been affected by a lack of goalscoring strikers and that signing both Haaland and Aguero is something they should seriously consider.
Aguero has options to play in America or Argentina while Italian giants Inter Milan and AC Milan are also eager to sign the 32-year-old, with an emotional return to Atletico Madrid another possibility.
Chelsea though see themselves as genuine contenders to sign both Haaland and Aguero to go with the £220million summer spend of last year, when Kai Havertz, Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy and Malang Sarr were brought in.
Speaking recently, Chelsea boss Tuchel hailed the outstanding team spirit within his group and said he will focus on ensuring that is not harmed by any new additions.
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“Our players are happy to be with us,” the German, who only took over from the sacked Frank Lampard at the end of January, said.
“This is the most important thing. And don’t forget that we have young guys up front and they will get better. I am convinced [by that] and it is my job to make them better.
“Honestly, if we have a transfer ban [from] tomorrow, I would be a happy coach next season. We can push this team to the next limit and level. I have ideas, of course, of how to maybe improve this team, but it’s very, very difficult.
“First of all we have a very strong group with a strong bond, and this means that we need excellent characters.
“That is the most important thing because we have top guys in the dressing room and I won’t allow anybody to ruin that and have a bad influence in there. So we have to be absolutely sure.
“The work ethic, the mentality, the attitude towards training and games is outstanding, and it has to stay like this.
“There has to stay a strong bond in the dressing room. It’s not like a puzzle where you take out a piece and put the next piece in. This is a complex situation, every transfer market is.”