Chelsea 'identify Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic as transfer option'

Chelsea ‘identify Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic as a potential new forward option this summer’ should pursuit of Dortmund’s Erling Haaland fail to come to fruition this summer

  • Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are looking for a new option up front this summer
  • The Blues have been linked with Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as a first-choice deal
  • Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is reportedly a back-up option for the Blues
  • The Austrian scored 16 goals to put his side into the Bundesliga top ten last term

Chelsea are considering a move for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic, according to reports, as Thomas Tuchel’s quest for a centre-forward continues. 

The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland, with Sportsmail revealing that the west Londoners’ interest in the Norwegian forward dates back to March.

Chelsea reportedly had an opening player-plus-cash bid for Haaland rejected last week, which raises the possibility of the Premier League side looking elsewhere to boost their attacking options this summer.

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

The Blues have been strongly linked with Borrussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland (above)

And according to The Athletic, Austrian forward Kalajdzic is one of many back-up options the Blues can turn to should the Haaland deal fail to come to fruition.

The report also says Stuttgart are in no rush to sell the forward who netted 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 at Southampton to try and force through a move to a Big Six club – is also under consideration as a potential Chelsea striker target. 

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

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

The striker has four goals in nine international appearances this calendar year, including a late consolation goal in the Euro 2020 last-16 as Austria went down to eventual champions Italy at Wembley last month.

The Blues are in need of a striker after Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both failed to live up to their respective £53million and £89m price tags, depsite Chelsea lifting the Champions League last season. 

Kalajdzic’s 16 goals were crucial in Stuttgart achieving a top-half Bundesliga finish last season

Werner ended his debut Premier League campaign with just six goals to his name, while Havertz netted just nine times in all competitions – though he did score the winner in the Champions League final win over Manchester City.

Meanwhile, veteran French forward Olivier Giroud completed a £1million move to AC Milan last week, while Tammy Abraham is not fancied by current Blues boss Tuchel. 

The English forward has barely played for the Blues since the German coach’s arrival earlier this year and has only featured twice for the Blues since the middle of February.

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 asset. 

Haaland netted 41 goals in 41 matches for Dortmund last season and his situation is also being monitored by Manchester City and Real Madrid this summer. 

But Dortmund have 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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