Chelsea are said to be surprised by reports in the press that claim Borussia Dortmund would be willing to sell Erling Haaland for £150million this summer. The Blues are prepared to smash their transfer record (£71.6million for Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018) to sign the Norwegian goal machine.
In fact, the European champions are prepared to spend over £100million on a player for the first time in their history.
Frank Lampard splashed £220million last summer as Chelsea waved goodbye to their transfer ban in style but now a new No 9 is top of the priority list.
Haaland is open to the idea of moving on this summer but Dortmund are not.
They have made it clear publicly on numerous occasions that Haaland is not for sale at any price.
It’s a stance they have reaffirmed to Chelsea too doing discussions over the player earlier this week.
The Blues proposed the idea of offering cash plus Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi but Dortmund didn’t entertain it.
That is why, per The Athletic, Chelsea chiefs are baffled by reports that suggest Dortmund would cave in and accept an offer of £150m if it arrived.
The Blues are of the opinion that Dortmund will not sell Haaland at any price, just as they told Chelsea.
Dortmund are now in a strong position to keep hold of Haaland following the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
Understandably, the Bundesliga outfit believe it will be hard to replace both of their star attackers in one transfer window.
Instead, they would prefer a gradual transition that will ensure they remain competitive.
Haaland’s £64million release clause is set to become active next summer when a number of clubs are expected to return to the table.
That’s why Chelsea remain so determined to strike a deal this transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel does have scope to raise extra cash though given the sheer size of his current squad.
The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could all move on before the start of the new season.
Furthermore, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kurt Zouma and Hakim Ziyech could also leave if a suitable offers arrives.