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Chelsea What Can Blues Fans Expect From Sasa Kalajdzic Now That Erling Haalands Transfer Has Stalled

Chelsea have reportedly identified Sasa Kalajdzic of Stuttgart as a possible transfer target if their deal for Erling Haaland falls through.
The Blues’ initial player-plus-cash deal for Haaland was reportedly rejected last week, indicating that the Premier League club may look elsewhere to bolster their forward line this summer.
Kalajdzic, an Austrian, scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga club last season, with Chelsea’s domestic rivals Tottenham and Dortmund reportedly keen if Haaland left.
Below, Sportsmail examines the Stuttgart talisman, who scored a fine goal against eventual tournament champions Italy in the Euro 2020 last 16, and reveals what Blues fans can expect from him if he joins the club.
Chelsea are allegedly interested in signing Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic (shown above) after their bid for Erling Haaland was rejected. What does he have to offer as a player?
At at 6’7″, almost two metres tall, Kalajdzic is a physically formidable target man.
That kind of stature is almost unheard of in the Premier League right now, and he poses a distinct threat from crosses, set-pieces, and in both boxes.
Despite his small stature, the 24-year-old won 57.1 percent of his aerial duels last season and is rarely pushed by opponents, admitting last year that he has been dubbed an “Ibrahimovic machine.”
He can flick on long passes to feed pacy onrushing teammates like Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but the 11-cap international can also take the ball down, defend it with his body, and bring in other attackers.
His height, like that of former Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch, hides a fantastic first touch and great technical talents, owing to his youth spent in holding midfield.
He’s also got a trick or two up his sleeve and can finish with both feet.
What is Kalajdzic’s current situation at Stuttgart? Kalajdzic had a spectacular season for Stuttgart previous season – graphic provided by sofascore.com What is his current situation at Stuttgart?
He has two years left on his four-year contract, which means the club may be willing to sell him this season rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next season.
Tottenham were said to be interested in him in April, with a fee of PS15 million stated, but considering his good finish to the season and his impressive achievements at Euro 2020, that figure might now be much higher.
Stuttgart traded important forward Nico Gonzalez to Fiorentina for PS20 million in June, are not under any financial pressure to sell, and would be unwilling to lose last season’s top scorer, according to the Athletic, who claim they may seek more than PS30 million for him.
Last season, the Stuttgart attacker scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga club. Chelsea and owner Roman Abramovich aren’t cheap, but a cost like that for a player who is expected to be a squad player at initially could be a significant deterrent.
What kind of player would he be in Thomas Tuchel’s system?
With Olivier Giroud already at AC Milan and Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi linked with moves elsewhere, Chelsea are currently short on striker alternatives.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who were bought for a combined PS110 million last summer, are not natural No 9s and have had uneven form, particularly in terms of goalscoring – though Havertz has shown promise as a false nine later in the season.
If the club fails to get Erling Haaland, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel (left) might sign him. The former Admira Wacker man would likely be a backup option at first, coming off the bench to influence games or allow a more direct style of play, before starting domestic and European cup matches.
He’s also a tenacious guy, as evidenced by his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury suffered in a pre-season camp shortly after joining Stuttgart.
He put in a lot of effort to rehabilitate, and the following year he was playing in Euro 2020.
Is he willing to relocate?
Yes, in a nutshell.
Despite the fact that the Vienna-born player would not be guaranteed a starting slot, the Premier League would be an appealing option for him, with personal terms unlikely to be an issue.
With Liverpool allegedly interested, Kalajdzic may be a viable central option. He told Bild in March: ‘I feel entirely at home at VfB, but it would be a extremely tough decision because I truly like Liverpool.’
This club holds a particular place in my heart.
‘I remember watching the Champions League final as a kid, when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to beat Milan.
That had a strong hold on me.
I purchased myself a scarf, shirt, cap, and mug the last time I went to a Liverpool game.’ He also looks up to former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who is also of Serbian ancestry, and so has a link to Stamford Bridge.

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