Chelsea was one step away from signing Haaland last summer

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When Frank Lampard started his multi-million pound spending spree last summer, he acquired some of the best football talent in Europe.

Although the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have yet to fully fired for the Blues, dissenting voices at the time of purchase were few and far between.

However, the news that Erling Haaland was available, offered to West Londoners and was turned down is somewhat surprising.

According to the Daily Telegraph and quoted by the Daily starChelsea was ‘very close’ to taking the leader, but their nonsense due to their salary demands and the commission of agents saw them let the opportunity pass.

Given how well he started this season, picking up where he left off in 2019/20, Roman Abramovich may well be lamenting the fact that he allowed the player to slip through Chelsea’s fingers.

Particularly given how much he ended up allowing Lampard to spend through the window and why he hasn’t had too much in return.

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