Chelsea were "very close" to signing Erling Haaland before he sealed a move to Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
Haaland has emerged as one of the biggest stars in European football since joining Dortmund in January 2020, scoring an incredible 41 goals in 42 appearances so far.
The 20-year-old striker added another two goals to his tally in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday night, with his brace handing them a crucial 3-2 win over Sevilla.
However, things could have turned out very differently had Chelsea not pulled out of a potential deal for Haaland in 2019.
According to Matt Law of the Telegraph, the Blues were "very close" to signing him from Red Bull Salzburg before Dortmund eventually secured his signature.
They are said to be huge admirers of the Norwegian sensation, yet his wage demands and the agent fees required to make the deal happen reportedly put them off.
Haaland had scored 29 goals in 27 games for Salzburg before his move to Dortmund, though not many expected him to make such an impressive start to life at Signal Iduna Park.
Given his electrifying form in Germany, Chelsea will undoubtedly be kicking themselves that they decided against pursuing a potential transfer.
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The Stamford Bridge club could come back in for him in the near future, while Manchester United and Manchester City are also said to be interested.
But according to the Independent, Haaland and his father Alf-Inge are aware of the physical demands of the Premier League and therefore may opt against heading to England until later in his career.
It is believed they have noted the way forwards like Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney all had to change their game after bursting into the Premier League at such a young age.
Spain could therefore be his next best move after Dortmund, meaning Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could go head-to-head for one of the hottest properties in European football.
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