Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea explored the possibility of landing Erling Haaland ahead of Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Norwegian has established himself as one of the continent’s top strikers with 70 goals in 69 matches for Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old has attracted attention from several sides across Europe including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

The Blues had considered a move for him in the summer but any deal for the in-demand ace would’ve cost the UEFA Champions League holders in excess of £150m.

And Tuchel admits the club’s hierarchy felt that the prospect of snapping up Haaland was ‘absolutely unrealistic’.

‘We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window. But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible,’ he told SportBild.

‘We talk about him regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.’

When quizzed if he could see Erling arriving at Chelsea to play alongside Romelu, Tuchel replied: ‘You mean playing Lukaku and Haaland together? I have no problem to talk about that!

‘I don’t think we’ve been really serious about it yet, but let’s see what will happen in the next few weeks.’