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How Chelsea can save over £1MILLION a week in wages by offloading a dozen outcasts to fund huge Erling Haaland transfer

CHELSEA are looking to make a statement this summer with a £135million move for in-demand Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund are believed to have named their price for the Norwegian striker, 21, with a host of clubs hot on his trail.

Chelsea can save over £1m per week if they sell a dozen outcasts
Chelsea can save over £1m per week if they sell a dozen outcasts

The Blues have also been warned they will need to make Haaland the highest-paid player at the club in order to sign him.

N’Golo Kante currently rakes in £290,000 a week at Stamford Bridge – with Haaland’s salary set to be upwards of £300,000 per week.

But there is some good news for Chelsea: They can claw back over £1MILLION a week in wages alone if they axe a dozen flops this summer.

The Blues have long had one of the biggest squads in the Premier League, happy to loan out youngsters and fringe players year after year.

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But with transfer fees rising at an astronomical rate, they are now seemingly more willing to cash-in on their outcasts.

Already this summer, Chelsea have sold Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan following his year-long loan in Italy.

Now Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel may decide to sell 12 more this window to raise over £100m in cash and £1m a week in wages.


Kepa Arrizabalaga – still the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at £71.6m – could be the highest profile name to be sold.

The Spaniard has endured a horror stint in England and has even lost his place in his national squad – beaten to the Euro 2020 squad by Unai Simon, David De Gea and Robert Sanchez.

Currently earning £150,000 a week, Chelsea know they won’t recoup the full £71.6m they paid for him in 2018.

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But with the stopper currently behind Edouard Mendy in the pecking order, they’d be relieved to see his wages cut from their bill.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is another big-earning fringe player, currently on £120,000 per week, with the England star having been targeted by Bayern Munich in recent seasons.

Outcasts Tiemoue Bakayoko (£110,000) and Danny Drinkwater (£100,000) both rake in six-figure salaries per week despite being nowhere near the Chelsea first-team.

Ross Barkley and Baba Rahman both rake in £96,000 a week – with the duo set for the axe.

Michy Batshuayi pockets £90,000 weekly, with Emerson Palmieri (£75,000) and Davide Zappacosta (£70,000) other big-earning misfits.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£60,000), Tammy Abraham (£58,000) and Kenedy (£25,000) are three other player linked with a summer move away from West London.

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All in all, axing the dozen outcasts would see Chelsea recoup £1.05m per week – more than enough to secure the signing of Haaland.

Over the course of a year, the the Blues would save £54.6m.

Should they offer Haaland £350,000 per week, they will still make a saving of £36.4m over the year – which they could use to put towards his £135m price-tag.

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