Borussia Dortmund make Erling Haaland decision amid ‘monster’ Chelsea transfer bid

Borussia Dortmund make Erling Haaland decision amid 'monster' Chelsea transfer bid

German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund have ruled out the prospect of selling striker Erling Haaland this summer.

That is according to BBC Sport, who report that the Bundesliga club have absolutely no intentions of allowing the Norway international to leave the club before the end of this summer’s transfer window, despite ongoing interest from Chelsea.

The Blues, who will lock horns with Peterborough United in their first pre-season friendly at their Cobham training ground tomorrow, are desperate to add a new striker to their ranks this summer and they believe Haaland is the missing link within their squad to take them to the next level and launch a solid Premier League title charge in the forthcoming campaign.

Haaland, who turns 21 later this month, was nothing short of sensational throughout the 2021/22 campaign, so much so that he netted a staggering 41 goals for Dortmund in 41 appearances in all competitions.

On Wednesday, it was reported by the Mirror that Chelsea had lodged a ‘monster bid’ to try and lure the Norway star to Stamford Bridge, offering out-of-favour striker Tammy Abraham as part of the deal. However, Dortmund do not value Abraham at the £50million Chelsea do, meaning that they are not keen on taking the former Bristol City loanee as part of any potential deal.

However, BBC Sport claim that Chelsea are yet to lodge an official bid for Haaland, meaning the saga concerning his future is still ongoing, just as it is expected to do throughout the summer if the Blues prove to be unsuccessful in their efforts.

What is making Chelsea’s quest to sign Haaland all the more difficult is that Dortmund are already set to secure a massive windfall from the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, meaning they are not under as much pressure to sell the the striker to bring in funds.

Earlier this week soon-to-be Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl eased any fears that Dortmund’s supporters may have about losing their talisman.

“There is nothing new on this matter. He is in our plans,” Kehl told Sky Germany.

“Erling will return this week and he will be very hungry. He wants to play football, he feels comfortable with us and he will be eager to score many goals.”

Although Dortmund’s stance that they will not sell Haaland this summer is clear, there could be one way that Chelsea can get a deal over the line – but it would come at a massive price.

It was reported by ESPN FC back in March, that a massive €180million (£153m) bid would be enough to tempt the Bundesliga side into selling Haaland.

However, with Chelsea also keen on Declan Rice of West Ham United, it remains to be seen if they could afford a bid of such power. As well as that, Dortmund may still not budge in their valuation, although it would no doubt prove tempting for them.

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