The Blues are keen on snapping up Haaland and are pursuing efforts to land his signature despite Borussia Dortmund having no plans to part ways with him this summer.
Chelsea were not as potent in front of goal in the Premier League compared to rivals Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool in the season gone by, with Blues attackers in the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz struggling to find the mark.
Liverpool legend Barnes has insisted even if the Champions League winners manage to add a deadly striker in Haaland to their ranks ahead of next season, they will not be favourites to lift the league title over reigning champions Manchester City or the Reds.
Barnes explained that Haaland can improve Chelsea’s goalscoring, if they manage to sign him, but stressed it would still only make them better title challengers and not favourites like the Citizens or Liverpool.
“If Chelsea sign Erling Haaland, they’ll be very strong next season”, Barnes told Bonus Code Bets.
“It’s not that Chelsea don’t score goals, but they could do with someone who is more clinical.
“It’s clear that things haven’t worked out for Tammy Abraham under Thomas Tuchel, while Timo Werner is not an out-and-out goalscorer.
“Haaland would improve most teams in terms of their goalscoring, and he would improve Chelsea and make them title challengers, but it wouldn’t make them the favourites ahead of Manchester City or Liverpool.”
Haaland has a release clause in his Dortmund contract that comes into effect next summer and allows him to leave for a fee between £65m and £86m, but any move this summer is expected to cost Chelsea an astronomical fee.