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Revealed: Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland

Revealed: Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland

Revealed: Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland

Revealed: Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland

Manchester City announced the signing of Erling Haaland on Tuesday evening, revealing that they had agreed to pay the release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.

He will move to the Etihad this summer, earning wages thought to be around £375,000 per week in the process, and Pep Guardiola and co. will be hoping that he can fire them to an elusive Champions League trophy.

‘Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022’, the club revealed.

But, it was somewhat odd that the man who was supposed to be at the centre of a transfer frenzy ended up having his future decided so tamely and quietly. And now, ESPN have revealed why.

Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down Haaland

Now, as per ESPN’s ‘sources’, Chelsea chose not to pursue him amid concerns that his style of play may not be suited to the Premier League. When asked to elaborate, they revealed that this was because ‘there’s less space for forward players to attack and run into, compared with the Bundesliga.’

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Chelsea, of course, have learned this lesson the hard way, with Timo Werner excelling in Germany but having struggled since his big money move to Stamford Bridge, with 23 goals in 89 games for the Blues.

Revealed: Why Chelsea and Real Madrid turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: Timo Werner of Chelsea FC celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alvaro Medranda/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

But, Chelsea were not alone in their reservations. The report continues that ‘recruitment staff at Barcelona reported back that they had reservations about his personality and character. Real Madrid, according to sources, took issue with his injury record — he’s missed 17 club games this season mainly because of muscular problems — although there’s an acceptance from the Spanish club that it didn’t put them off completely.’

It could be a decision that all parties come to regret.

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1 Manchester City 35 68 86
2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 35 39 67
4 Arsenal FC 35 14 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur 35 20 62
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 1 50
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -4 47
10 Crystal Palace 35 4 44
11 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
12 Brentford FC 36 -8 43
13 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
14 Leicester City 34 -7 42
15 Southampton FC 36 -20 40
16 Everton FC 34 -19 35
17 Burnley FC 35 -17 34
18 Leeds United 35 -35 34
19 Watford FC 35 -38 22
20 Norwich City 35 -53 21
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 20
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 12
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 10
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 10
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 10
Raphinha Leeds United 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
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