Chelsea ‘identifies Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic as a potential striker option this summer’

Chelsea ‘identifies Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic as a potential new striker this summer’ if the hunt for Dortmund’s Erling Haaland doesn’t come to fruition this summer

  • Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel is looking for a new option this summer
  • The Blues have been linked as first-choice with Dortmund’s Erling Haaland
  • Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is reportedly a backup option for the Blues
  • The Austrian scored 16 goals last season to place his side in the top ten of the Bundesliga

Chelsea are considering a transfer for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic, according to reports, as Thomas Tuchel’s search for a center forward continues.

The Blues have been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland, with Sports post revealing that West Londoners’ interest in the Norwegian attacker dates back to March.

Chelsea had reportedly rejected an opening offer for player plus money for Haaland last week, raising the possibility that the Premier League side will look elsewhere to increase their attacking options this summer.

Chelsea are considering a transfer for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic, according to reports

The Blues are strongly linked to Borrussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland (above)

The Blues are strongly linked to Borrussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland (above)

And according to the athletic, Austrian striker Kalajdzic is one of many backup options the Blues can call on if the Haaland deal doesn’t materialize.

The report also says Stuttgart is in no rush to sell the forward who scored 17 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the German side last season.

Meanwhile, Danny Ings – who has turned down a new four-year contract with Southampton to force a move to a Big Six club – is also being considered as a potential target for the Chelsea striker.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for a striker for the new Premier League season

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for a striker for the new Premier League season

Kalajdzic’s goals were crucial in Stuttgart’s task of finishing in the top half of the Bundesliga last season – and the 24-year-old attacker also took his form in the Austrian national team.

The striker has scored four goals in nine international appearances this calendar year, including a late consolation goal in Euro 2020’s last 16 when Austria lost eventual champions Italy at Wembley last month.

The Blues need a striker after Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both failed to live up to their £53million and £89million price tags, despite Chelsea winning the Champions League last season.

Kalajdzic's 16 goals were crucial in Stuttgart, which finished in the first half of the Bundesliga last season

Kalajdzic’s 16 goals were crucial in Stuttgart, which finished in the first half of the Bundesliga last season

Werner finished his Premier League debut with just six goals to his name, while Havertz scored just nine times in all competitions – although he did score the winner in the Champions League final, victory over Manchester City.

Meanwhile, veteran French forward Olivier Giroud completed a £1million move to AC Milan last week, while Tammy Abraham is unloved by current Blues boss Tuchel.

The English forward has barely played for the Blues since the arrival of the German coach earlier this year and has only played twice for the Blues since mid-February.

Tuchel remains unconvinced with Tammy Abraham, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner (left to right)

Tuchel remains unconvinced with Tammy Abraham, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner (left to right)

Abraham was also reportedly included as a player swap option in the opening bid for Haaland, according to Sky Sports Germany, with Callum Hudson-Odoi the other option Dortmund could have taken in exchange for their star signing.

Haaland scored 41 goals in 41 appearances for Dortmund last season and his situation is also being watched by Manchester City and Real Madrid this summer.

But Dortmund remained defiant that the player wants to stay in Germany this season, with club director Sebastian Kehl describing Haaland as “happy” and “comfortable” at Dortmund.

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