Borussia Dortmund has drawn up a shortlist of four potential replacements for the Norwegian goal machine, which includes Chelsea’s, Timo Werner.
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku, for a club-record fee of £97.5million, has pushed Werner down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and he’s believed to be contemplating his future.
Dortmund is interested in offering Werner the chance to reinvigorate his career back in the Bundesliga, where he was exceptional for RB Leipzig.
The 25-year-old would have to accept a pay cut to join Marco Rose’s side but the chance to topple a dominant Bayern Munich could appeal.
He would be the focal point of a talented team boasting young stars like Jude Bellingham, Donyell Malen, and Giovanni Reyna.
Haaland currently occupies that role to great effect, scoring 66 goals in 66 appearances for the club, but will surely be moving on at the end of the season.
Dortmund have three other strikers on their shortlist to replace Haaland – Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram and Torino’s Andrea Belotti.
Werner’s electric pace and proven track record in the Bundesliga could make him the leading candidate.
There were high expectations when the German international signed for Chelsea last summer, but his confidence suffered during a long run of games without a goal, leading Thomas Tuchel to explore other options.
His side was creating plenty of chances and just needed a clinical finisher to convert them, as Lukaku has shown with four goals in four games so far.
ARSENAL TO MAKE TOP SIX AFTER A SHAKY START IN THE PREMIERSHIP
If Mikel Arteta can create a solid spine to what Arsenal is trying to do, then a top-six finish is still within their grasp despite a flaky start. The signs are there to get me on board with that prediction – which is a 9/4 shot with Sky Bet.
Gabriel Magalhaes adds plenty of steel and no-nonsense defending to compliment Ben White’s footballing ability and Thomas Partey will become an automatic starter when able to stay clear of injury. There is a talented team lurking, I’m sure of it. And I’m happy to side with them for this one in what should be a tight game.
That spine will be significantly tested at Turf Moor, though. Sean Dyche does not seem overly concerned about Burnley’s winless start to the campaign and for 60 minutes at Everton on Monday night where they were the better team you can see why. It is all about channeling that level for an entire 90 minutes and avoiding getting punished for mistakes made in key areas of the pitch.
Kieran Tierney will be seeing plenty of the ball down Arsenal’s left, as he always does. Arteta makes it pretty obvious regarding their ploy of getting him on the overload down that side and it is difficult to stop. He put in 15 crosses in the defeat at Brentford and six in the win at Norwich, officially creating nine chances for his teammates. One of those is going to be taken soon in a game like this one where Arsenal is expected to dominate territory.
SOME OF ARSENAL PLAYERS SIDELINED
The Gunners will be without Granit Xhaka for the trip to Turf Moor.
The midfielder is suspended following his red card at Manchester City before the international break while Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) is also absent.
Rob Holding (knee) is sidelined as the Gunners aim to build on their narrow win over Norwich last weekend.