According to Sky in Germany, Borussia Dortmund has rejected Chelsea’s initial offer for striker Erling Haaland.
Dortmund have been offered either Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi in trade for Haaland, but the Bundesliga club is adamant about keeping the 20-year-old.
After struggling in front of goal at times last season, the Blues are ready to acquire a new striker this summer.
Although winning the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel’s side lacked a consistent presence in the penalty area, with Timo Werner and Abraham tying for the club’s leading scorer with 12 goals each.
Haaland is their main goal, but a source close to the talks told Sky Sports News this week that signing him would be “mission impossible.”
Dortmund do not want to lose another major player so soon after allowing Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United, whose PS73m deal is anticipated to be finalized in the coming days.
“Chelsea are trying, but it will be very difficult,” the source stated.
At the moment, it appears to be a near-impossible task.
“It’s unlikely, but it’s not impossible.” Haaland will be available for roughly PS70 million next summer due to a clause in his contract that allows him to go.
Manchester United and Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been linked with a move for the Norway international before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
According to Sky in Germany, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola is seeking a EUR40 million (PS34.2 million) commission as part of any deal for the Dortmund striker.
Chelsea are also interested in Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, in addition to Haaland.
Lukaku, on the other hand, has indicated his desire to stay at Inter Milan for the coming season, whilst Spurs do not want to transfer Kane, especially to a rival.
Chelsea face a’mission impossible’ to sign Haaland 1:49 Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol thinks Chelsea’s top target Erling Haaland will be’very difficult’ to sign from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
“Chelsea have been advised they are facing’mission impossible’ as they step up their efforts to sign Haaland this summer,” Sky Sports News correspondent Kaveh Solhekol said.
“During this window, Chelsea wants to sign a No 9, and Haaland is their main target.”
Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are two other choices.
“After scoring 48 goals in 51 appearances for club and country last season, Haaland has become one of the most sought-after players in the world.”
“With his Dortmund contract, he has a PS70 million release clause that can be exercised next summer.”
Chelsea, Manchester United, and Real Madrid have all expressed interest in purchasing him this summer at a premium price.
“According to a source close to the talks, Dortmund does not want to trade Haaland, especially because they are already allowing Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United for PS73 million this month.”
“Chelsea are making an effort, but it will be difficult.”
At the moment, it appears to be a near-impossible task.
It’s doubtful, but it’s not impossible.” “Chelsea spent a lot of money on players like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz last summer, and owner Roman Abramovich is eager to bolster his squad again.”
“Although the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the finances of Chelsea’s European opponents, Abramovich can afford to back Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market.”
Since Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League final in Porto six weeks ago, Stamford Bridge has become an even more appealing destination for the world’s greatest players.
“Lukaku and Kane are two more No 9 targets.”
Lukaku stated earlier this month that he was content to remain at Inter Milan.
In terms of Kane, it’s unlikely that Tottenham would ever trade the England captain to one of their main rivals.
“Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, is demanding a EUR40 million commission as part of any deal for the Dortmund striker, according to Sky in Germany.”
‘Chelsea unwilling to meet EUR175 million asking price’ 0:42 Raphael Honigstein, a German football analyst, believes Erling Haaland will not leave Borussia Dortmund this summer despite reports of interest from Chelsea.
“Erling Haaland arrived back to the Borussia Dortmund training field on Wednesday, and we know that he and his agent Mino Raiola have been pondering about a move,” says Marc Behrenbeck of Sky in Germany.
Several offers have been made, but Dortmund will not allow him leave this season.
It’s identical to what happened with Jadon Sancho last summer.
“With his [PS68m] release clause, Dortmund will let Haaland to depart next year.”
But, we are aware of Chelsea’s interest and that they have made an offer, and our knowledge suggests that a swap deal with Dortmund might be conceivable, with Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi named in these discussions.
“Discussions are ongoing, but I don’t expect a deal with Chelsea or Manchester City will be completed this season.”
As far as we know, Dortmund stated when Chelsea named Abraham and Hudson-Odoi that Abraham isn’t as excellent as Haaland and that they need him, therefore he wouldn’t be part of a direct swap deal.
Chelsea are currently unwilling to pay the EUR175 million asking price.” Sky Sports’ Nick Wright: Chelsea’s finishing problem predates Tuchel’s appointment.
That was an concern for Maurizio Sarri and even Antonio Conte before him, and it was evident during Frank Lampard’s time.
With Diego Costa’s departure in 2017, the club has not had a genuinely elite presence in the central striking role. Eden Hazard was prolific, and Tammy Abraham has impressed in portions, but the club has not had a truly elite presence in the central striking role.
Timo Werner may yet make a case for himself in that way.
With 95 goals in 159 games for his previous club, RB Leipzig, he surely has the pedigree.
Tuchel understands that pinning his expectations on a player who only scored six Premier League goals in his first season in England would be a major gamble if he wants to build on Chelsea’s Champions League victory.
Werner’s goal-scoring woes became a recurring issue throughout Chelsea’s season.
He missed several good opportunities, including in their Champions League final victory over Manchester City.
When it comes to examining Chelsea’s profligacy last season, the German is more to blame than most – his big-chance conversion rate was the third-lowest among players who scored six or more Premier League goals – but the problem is a collective one.
Nick Wright’s piece on the possible transfer may be seen here.