Report: Dortmund Bracing for Big Haaland Bid From Chelsea
Borussia Dortmund are bracing themselves for a bid from Chelsea for star striker Erling Haaland, according to reports.
The 20-year-old has returned to pre-season training with Borussia Dortmund this week but speculation over his future at the Bundesliga outfit remains rife.
As per the Evening Standard, the German club are prepared for Chelsea to bid for Haaland soon.
The report continues to state that the German club will deploy the same stance as they did last season with Jadon Sancho, fending off Manchester United’s interest.
Haaland has a £68 million release clause that becomes active next summer, however Roman Abramovich will try to lure the Norwegian to Chelsea this year. However, Dortmund are claimed to be commanding a fee of £150 million should he leave this summer.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all been linked but Thomas Tuchel’s side are the strongest contenders this summer with the Blues eyeing a new world-class centre-forward.
Report: Chelsea Prepared to Include Tammy Abraham As Makeweight in Erling Haaland Pursuit
Chelsea are ready to offer Tammy Abraham as makeweight in their bid to land Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland, according to reports.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea wish to offer Abraham as part of a package deal for Haaland, with the Englishman out of favour at Stamford Bridge and keen to seal an exit this summer with just two years left on his contract.
Despite Dortmund insistent on keeping hold of their talisman, Chelsea are ready to test the German side’s resolve by including Abraham in a blockbuster deal for one of Europe’s best and most lethal finishers.
Moreover, clubs vesting interest in Abraham, such as Aston Villa and West Ham, have been told that the club are trying to strike a deal with Dortmund that would see the 23-year-old head the other way.
Chelsea have reportedly set an asking price of £50 million for the forward – a figure which is seen as ‘excessive’ by Dortmund for a squad player who hardly featured under Tuchel for a majority of the second-half of the previous campaign.
What Thomas Tuchel has said on summer acquisitions
“Two or three (signings) could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change; that you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.
“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”