Chelsea ‘pulled out of Erling Haaland transfer race as they believe the striker is NOT a good fit for Premier League’

CHELSEA withdrew from the race to sign Erling Haaland because they had DOUBTS about his ability to play in the Premier League, according to reports.

The 21-year-old will officially become a Manchester City player on July 1 after the club activated his £51million release clause.

But Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders weren't the only side sniffing around the goalscoring sensation.

Chelsea too spent time monitoring Haaland, who has scored a whopping 85 goals in 88 games for Borussia Dortmund.

But reporting back to club bosses, Blues scouts raised concerns about Haaland's ability to be as prolific in the Premier League, according to ESPN.

The report states there were doubts as to whether his style of play would be suited to playing in the Prem.

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Haaland feeds off space in behind to run in to, something that is more frequently offered to strikers in the Bundesliga.

The Norway international was afforded the room to utilise his incredible raw pace and power to maximum effect.

But less space for attackers in the Premier League led to doubts about his ability to wreak as much havoc on defenders.

And Chelsea weren't the only club to raise their concerns about Haaland.

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ESPN claim Barcelona were not convinced by his "personality and character," while Real Madrid had reservations regarding his injury record.

Los Blancos were still keen on a move, but were ultimately beaten to the signing by City.

Chelsea opted to sign Romelu Lukaku in a club record £97.5m deal last summer.

But the Belgian striker has underwhelmed on his return to Stamford Bridge, scoring just seven goals in 24 Premier League appearances.

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