Chelsea poised to seal Harder sign­ing af­ter

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Katie Why­att

Chelsea

Bright 66, Cuth­bert 90+2 Manch­ester City 2 0

Chelsea will an­nounce the sign­ing of Wolfs­burg for­ward Pernille Harder to­mor­row, un­der­stands – just two days af­ter play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal de­feat by Lyon.

The 27-year-old has been linked to the Women’s Su­per League cham­pi­ons since Satur­day, the day they won the first Women’s Com­mu­nity Shield since 2008.

The pro­lific four-time Bun­desliga win­ner, who scored 27 times in 22 games in the Frauen-Bun­desliga last sea­son, has scored 105 goals in 113 games in her three years at the club. The Den­mark in­ter­na­tional’s con­tract with the Ger­man club ex­pires next sum­mer.

Harder’s part­ner,

Magdalena

Eriks­son, 26, also plays for Chelsea and the cou­ple have pre­vi­ously spo­ken about their wish to live together at some point af­ter years of liv­ing apart since meet­ing at Linkop­ings FC. Only last week, Eriks­son de­scribed Eng­land’s WSL as “the place to be”, adding: “I wouldn’t want to be any­where else.” Be­ing closer to Eriks­son is un­der­stood to be a fac­tor in Harder’s move.

Harder would be­come the lat­est top player to move to the English league fol­low­ing the ar­rival of World Cup win­ners Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manch­ester City ear­lier this sum­mer and the Aus­tralian Sam Kerr’s de­ci­sion to move to Chelsea last year.

Chelsea Women de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached by The Tele­graph. Emma Hayes, the Chel

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