Thomas Tuchel says, ‘he fell into a trap’ – regarding Erling Haaland’s Chelsea transfer

Thomas Tuchel-Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel-Chelsea

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for months now.

The Blues wanted to improve their attacking department during the summer transfer window and they were keen on the 21-year-old Norwegian striker.

However, a summer move for Haaland failed to materialize and Chelsea ended up signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan instead.

Speaking about a move for Haaland recently, Thomas Tuchel explained that Chelsea held regular talks to sign the Dortmund star.

Tuchel’s comments certainly sparked transfer speculations surrounding the future of the Dortmund striker and the German manager has now clarified that his comments were meant to be tongue-in-cheek and the context of his words have been misinterpreted.

“I fell into a trap,” Tuchel said (via Goal). “I got an award in Germany, an award from a newspaper. They gave me this award and asked me about a player.

“Normally I never, never speak about other players, because I simply never do. We were making more or less fun about it and I should have known better.

“Because in making fun about it and being a nice guy to answer a question … getting this award I joke about a double striker with Romelu [Lukaku] in October and it gets like we put an offer in. That was the context, but I should have known better.”

Haaland has developed into one of the best players in the world since moving to Borussia Dortmund and the player is expected to leave the German outfit at the end of this season.

A move to the Premier League could be on the cards for the Norwegian striker and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Chelsea have already signed a world-class striker in Lukaku and it is highly unlikely that they will spend mega-money to bring in another forward like Haaland.

The likes of Manchester City and Manchester United could use a quality number nine as well and the Norwegian would be a perfect fit for both Premier League clubs.