Chelsea have added Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund in their list of summer transfer targets, claims The Athletic’s Simon Johnson. The Blues are likely to pursue the signing of a new striker even though Romelu Lukaku will be returning from loan at the end of the campaign.
Chelsea Targeting Rasmus Hojlund Move
Hojlund Among the Summer List of Targets
It has been reported that the London giants are likely to have a busy summer transfer window after this disappointing season is over. This is even after they splurged heavily in the January window, breaking their transfer record to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.
Johnson has added Hojlund, who could cost as little as £43 million, to the number of striker targets which Chelsea currently have noted down to pursue in the summer window. It is also added that they have made it a priority to sign a new centre-forward – especially if Lukaku is not back into the fold after his loan spell at Inter Milan.
However, Johnson also states that the club will need to drastically reduce the number of players in their squad which is currently over 30, and will also need to raise funds from player sales to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. It has also been added that Hojlund is one of the forwards on their shortlist alongside the likes of Napoli star Victor Osimhen who reportedly has a £150 million asking price, Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez who is valued at £93 million and Tammy Abraham – whom they sold to AS Roma in 2021 and has an £80 million buyback clause.
What Can Hojlund Bring to Chelsea?
Hojlund has broken through to the fray this season with Atalanta and has drawn comparisons to Erling Haaland due to his similar style of play, with some places going so far as to dub him “the new Haaland“. The 20-year-old striker has been described as a ‘very fast player’ by his team’s manager Gian Piero Gasperini and claimed to be able to cover 100 meters in under 10 seconds. He is also a physical, tall player who is clinical in the final third and can bully defenders.
The 20-year-old has 17 goal contributions in 38 appearances for Atalanta this season, which includes 12 goals as well as five assists across all competitions. While the Danish international appears to be a talented striker who is on the road to big things, it remains to be seen if Chelsea actually push for his signing or not.