Chelsea report: Blues on verge of striking deal for the 'new Erling Haaland'

Graham Potter
Graham Potter wants to add to his squad in the January window (Image credit: Getty)

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Molde starlet David Fofana in January, according to a transfer insider.

Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab) reports that the Blues will sign the striker, who has been likened to Erling Haaland, next month.

Brighton (opens in new tab) were previously in the running for the 19-year-old but Chelsea (opens in new tab) have now tied up a deal that will see the player move to Stamford Bridge for around £8m.

Fofana enjoyed a prolific season for Molde in 2022, scoring 22 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Haaland first made a name for himself with the Swedish side, finding the back of the net 20 times in 50 outings before a move to Red Bull Salzburg.

Fofana, who is valued at £6.1m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), has one cap for Ivory Coast, but he has not represented the national team since his debut in 2019.

The 19-year-old is unlikely to be a regular starter immediately at Stamford Bridge, but Graham Potter is looking for cover in forward areas after Armando Broja suffered an ACL injury in an friendly against Aston Villa (opens in new tab).

That leaves the Blues short of attacking options, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who has had a mixed start to his career in west London - their only fit central striker.

Chelsea will return to action on December 27 with a home game against Bournemouth (opens in new tab).

The Blues are eighth in the Premier League table (opens in new tab) ahead of the season's resumption on Boxing Day, with an eight-point gap to Tottenham (opens in new tab) in fourth place.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).