Chelsea seems to have reached a dead end to recruit two of their coveted strikers. Munich is reluctant to let go of Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund has not given the green light to Erling Haaland.
Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a centre-forward to strengthen the attack line. No doubt, last season the Blues strikers such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz did not seem to bite.
Two top striker names are on Chelsea’s radar. They are Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski has proven to be a top striker with an average of 30 goals in his last five seasons in the Bundesliga. Haaland is a young striker who is shining again.
Reporting from the Daily Mail , Chelsea seems to be at a stalemate to recruit the two names. From Lewandowski, Bayern Munich insists they are reluctant to let him go!
“Lewandowski is the best striker in the world. We are very happy to have him in our team,” said Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer.
He will certainly fulfill his contract with Bayern Munich. He will respect his contract,” he said.
For Erling Haaland, the player admitted that he did not know anything about the fantastic offer given by Chelsea. Reportedly, the London club gave a price of around Rp. 3 trillion.
Haaland was even humble and reluctant to discuss it. That price, for him is very expensive.
“I don’t have much to say about this,” Haaland said on Sky Sports.
“I still have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund-ed),” he added.
That’s a lot of money – I hope so, frankly, it’s just a rumor because it’s a lot of money for a player!” the lid.
What do you think the Blues plan behind the transfer?
Chelsea as champions of the Champions League is definitely associated with some top players. Jules Kunde from Sevilla is reportedly ready to be recruited to strengthen the back line.
Not to mention there is Erling Haaland who is predicted to be brought to Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, the first new name announced was… Marcus Bettinelli.
Yes, of course Chelsea fans are unfamiliar with this name and that’s only natural because Bettinelli is “a nobody” in English football, let alone Europe.
Bettinelli was brought in for free after his contract with Fulham expired. He is projected to be the third goalkeeper, after the departure of Willy Caballero.
Marcus Bettinelli is certainly aware that it will be difficult to compete with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga as the main goalkeepers. Not to belittle Bettinelli, but indeed his CV proves so.
Marcus Bettinelli has played more in the Championship throughout his career. He has only made seven appearances in the Premier League, namely with Fulham in the 2018/2019 season.
Bettinelli even played in the National League with Dartford, the fifth tier of English football. Bettinelli also briefly played in League Two, or the fourth division, for Accrington Stanley.
Bettinelli’s best record is helping Middlesbrough win the 2018 and 2020 Championship Playoffs. So, what do Chelsea want to expect from Bettinelli, rivaling Kepa as the second goalkeeper?
For the record, Whoscored said Bettinelli was the lowest-rated goalkeeper in the Championship last season who had a minimum of 20 appearances, which was 6.25.
The 1992-born player conceded 47 goals in 42 appearances last season, 45 of them in the Championship and kept 13 clean sheets.
If Bettinelli’s abilities are mediocre, then Chelsea might hook him in order to fulfill the requirements for the homegrown player quota, which is eight of the total 25 registered.
Bettinelli, who has Italian blood from his father, was born in England, to be precise in Camberwell. Throughout his career, he was often loaned out by Fulham after graduating from the club’s academy.
Marcus Bettinelli has one cap with the England U-21 national team. He was even called up to the senior squad in September 2018 against Spain and Switzerland.