Chelsea copying Man Utd’s Sancho ‘intermediary’ method in pursuit of Haaland

Chelsea could utilise a transfer method used by Manchester United in their deal for Jadon Sancho as they try and tempt Borussia Dortmund to part ways with Erling Haaland.

The 20-year-old has already made his name as one of the best strikers in world football despite his relative inexperience – scoring 57 goals across his 59 appearances for the Bundesliga hopefuls.

The Norway international has always spoken fondly about the Premier League following his father's spells with Leeds and Manchester City, with agent Mino Raiola recently meeting a string of clubs.

While Dortmund were always open about allowing Sancho to leave this summer and keeping Haaland for one more season, there is a method which might benefit Chelsea's pursuit.

Sport Bild reported last summer that United were using agent Marco Lichtsteiner as an intermediary during talks with Dortmund, the brother of the former Arsenal and Juventus defender.

At the start of the current month, United announced that they had agreed a deal in principle to sign Sancho this summer, which is set to cost in the region of £73m.

Additionally, Sky Germany now report that Chelsea are ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in their pursuit of Haaland, with details being ‘sounded out’ through intermediaries.

Football intermediaries perform a key role in ensuring transfers are done in the best interests of both clubs, and could yet end up helping Thomas Tuchel's side sign Haaland.

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The Blues will be able to attract the best talent on the planet thanks to their fine record of winning trophies, which includes the Champions League last time out.

Speaking to The Telegraph in June, Haaland said: “For as long as I can remember, even when I was a really young kid, I was watching the Champions League.

“There were great teams with huge legends scoring goals. So that became my dream.

“My dream was to play in the Champions League, to score in the Champions League. You know that is where the best players play and that’s where the best players belong.”

Dortmund's sporting director Sebastian Kehl said last week: “Haaland to Chelsea?

"I read about it, but for us nothing has changed: we have plans with Erling for next season, he and his agent are aware of it. We expect him back this week."

Since then, Haaland has also stated that he looks forward to working with new boss Marco Rose following their DFB Pokal triumph under interim manager Edin Terzic.

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