Frank Lampard wanted to sign Erling Haaland during his first spell as Chelsea manager

Frank Lampard pushed hard to sign Erling Haaland during his first stint.

The Norwegian striker joined Man City last summer from Borussia Dortmund and has owned the league with his goalscoring stats.

He has scored 52 goals in all competitions including 36 goals in 33 Premier League appearances.

Frank Lampard who took charge as the interim manager back in April tried to sign Haaland during his time at RB Salzburg but the Chelsea board didn’t fancy it.

“I don’t know whether he would have decided to come here anyway but I was a big fan of that [signing Haaland],” Lampard told a news conference on Friday. “There are some of those that happen, aren’t there, that people know about or it could have been this way.

“People talk a lot about mistakes or things that could have been in football. Whether he would have come here, I don’t know but I was pushing big and on a few other players at the time. But he was the outstanding one.

“Was it close? He’ll only know the answer to that. What stage did it get to? From our point, I was certainly pushing it.”

Chelsea has been struggling to get a player who can score 20+ goals per season consistently and would definitely want a lethal force in this summer.


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