Chelsea’s move for Erling Haaland is stalling with the west London side ‘coming to terms’ with Borussia Dortmund’s stance that the forward is not for sale.
Haaland is amongst the most sought-after talents in world football following a meteoric rise over the past two seasons, the 20-year-old having scored 57 goals in just 59 appearances since signing for Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a new centre-forward and has identified Haaland as the leading target for Chelsea this summer, with the Blues prepared to move early despite the presence of a well-documented release clause that will become active in 2022.
Haaland’s release clause – set at a figure of £65m – is set to spark an almighty scramble for his services next summer, with each of the Premier League’s leading clubs having discussed the Norwegian as a potential target.
Real Madrid and Barcelona – who held talks with the player’s representative Mino Raiola earlier this year – will also be interested with both sides currently restricted in their recruitment due to financial issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Times, Chelsea had toyed with the idea of launching a £150m bid in order to beat off the competition, but are now ‘coming round’ to Dortmund’s stance that Haaland is not for sale this summer.
Dortmund have already allowed Jadon Sancho to leave for Manchester United in a £73m deal and are wary of further exits, having struggled in the Bundesliga during the 2016/17 campaign after a mass summer exodus that included the departures of Mats Hummels, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan.
Dortmund are aware that they will only be able to keep Haaland out of the clutches of Europe’s elite for so long, though he looks likely to remain at the Westfalenstadion for the forthcoming campaign, despite the prospect of a huge bid from Chelsea that could make the youngster the second most expensive player of all time.
The German side are currently in talks with PSV Eindhoven over a deal for Donyell Malen, though it is understood the Netherlands international – who prefers to play centrally – will arrive as a replacement for Sancho and not ahead of a departure for Haaland.
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Author: Harry Diamond