Chelsea in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Erling Haaland. The London club are readying an offer of up to £130m for Norway international and hope to tempt the Bundesliga giants into a sale, despite their earlier insistence on a higher transfer fee.
The German club have maintained their stance throughout the summer that the 21-year-old striker will stay at the Signal Iduna Park for the coming campaign. Having already made the big money sale of Jadon Sancho to Man United, according to Manutd, Borussia Dortmund may not particularly need to sell anymore, but things can change in football.
The prospect of Haaland leaving in this transfer window won’t be perfect for the BVB from a footballing perspective, but the club could consider a deal if they receive an unbelievable proposal.
Erling is reportedly valued at £150m, although the centre-forward could leave for half that price next summer transfer window due to a release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.
Man City and Chelsea have been running to sign the Norwegian striker, and realistically the only teams who could afford the centre-forward in the current financial climate.
The London club has emerged as the front-runners in the weeks gone and were expected to make a sizable bid sooner rather than later. Chelsea are set to step up and table a huge offer for the striker.
Back in June, it was reported that the Blues owner Roman Abramovic was taking an active interest in the deal and was leading negotiations with the Bundesliga giants for Erling.
The latest reports suggest the Blues owner is set to bankroll the move after setting a limit to the tune of £130m for the centre-forward. It means that the Blues would have to persuade Borussia Dortmund to agree to a deal under that price.
While the German club are looking at considerably more than £130m, a deal could still be stuck depending on how far the Premier League clubs want to go. It is widely expected of the Blues to make an opening bid and then run the course over talks to determine the final value.
But Roman Abramovic has reportedly made it clear, the final amount cannot go beyond £130m.
Man City, their closest rival in this chase, are focusing their efforts over a £160m bid for Harry Kane, according to BBC, the Blues might be the only club in the running for the Norwegian striker. The London club want to pay a premium now to acquire him in this transfer window.