Media Watch: Chelsea receive Haaland transfer update, Pogba backs Kante for Ballon d’Or and Mount named as fourth most valuable Englishman

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are reportedly stepping up a pursuit of Erling Haaland while Paul Pogba believes no player has performed near N’Golo Kante’s level this year.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blues pursuing Haaland

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer.

According to an article in subscription-based the Telegraph, the Blues are very keen on bringing the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

The German side’s qualification for the Champions League next season has helped a lot in their efforts to keep the striker but it is believed that Chelsea are working behind the scenes to get a deal done, according to reports.

Haaland had another phenomenal season as he continues to establish himself as one of the best goalscorers in Europe and has impressed plenty of big clubs.

The former RB Salzburg attacker scored 41 times in 41 games while also picking up 12 assists in the campaign just gone.

Haaland is seen as one of the most sought-after players in the world and, according to The Telegraph, the Blues will have to fight off interest from Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona to sign him.

Pogba hails Kante

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba believes N’Golo Kante should be in the conversation as a potential winner of the Ballon d’Or this year.

Speaking to Eurosport, Pogba praised his French team-mate after a series of impressive performances in high-stake games.

‘What I would like to say to the world is that the Kante we have seen in recent months has always been the same,’ he said. ‘We talk a lot about his performances, but he has always been good as ever.

‘There was no Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the semi-final of the Champions League so it’s good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders.’

Pogba thinks that after our Champions League triumph Kante needs to be presented with the biggest individual award in football.

‘I said a long time ago that it would be appropriate,’ he continued. ‘If Chelsea won the Champions League, for him to win the Ballon d’Or.

‘It would be deserved too. He’s always performed well. I’m not surprised at what he is doing, I’m just surprised he is still doing it.’

Mount in top 10 most valuable players

Mason Mount has been named the fourth most valuable English player ahead of Euro 2020.

According to CIES Football Observatory, Mount is ranked 10th in the world with an estimated transfer value of £123 million.

CIES uses different formulas to calculate the estimated fee using player contracts, age and career progression.

The 22-year-old has continued to be an influential player for Thomas Tuchel’s side, scoring goals in big games such as our wins over Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The midfielder is now preparing for the European Championships with England, where he will hope to further continue his good form and win another trophy.

Chelsea’s attacking German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were also in the top 25, ranked 14th and 17th respectively.