Chelsea raise transfer funds as Borussia Dortmund lower Erling Haaland’s asking price

Chelsea raise transfer funds as Borussia Dortmund lower Erling Haaland's asking price

Borussia Dortmund have reduced their asking price for striker Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports. And Chelsea believe they have the edge in the race for the forward’s signature, given that they are already well on the way to raising the funds to buy him.

Dortmund are believed to be willing to take £149million for Haaland this summer, a price that has dropped by £4m in the last two months.

And Chelsea see that dip in price as a sign that the fee could be further negotiable, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Haaland’s release clause of £64m will come into effect next summer, but Blues transfer supremo Marina Granovskaia is not confident that Chelsea will be able to edge out their transfer rivals in a year’s time.

The Blues are raising finds to help contribute to a bid, with Fikayo Tomori, Victor Moses, Pierre Ekwah-Elimby and Danilo Pantic all already leaving the club this summer.

And Olivier Giroud could be the next to go, with the French forward expected to sign for AC Milan in the coming weeks.

Bringing in Haaland, who scored 27 goals in 28 games in the Bundesliga last season, could be seen as a direct threat to the position of last summer’s headline signing Timo Werner.

But the German, despite leading the line at times for Chelsea towards the end of last season, was often utilised as a support forward by Thomas Tuchel after the manager took over at Stamford Bridge.

“Now I play as a left number 10, not a left winger, so I have more space for my runs in the middle,” Werner said, reflecting on his evolving role after the departure of Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager.

“I can play behind a striker, or with a number 10 behind me as a second striker. It’s very good for me.”

The Chelsea manager has backed Werner to excel next season, after a debut campaign where he returned just six league goals in 35 appearances.

“He’s still young and can still improve,” Tuchel said. “This is what we demand week by week.

“When he has some time to reflect, rest, some time on holiday for mental rest, I’m sure he can take the next steps next year.

“He is not new anymore, he will know the environment, what he is coming back to, his team-mates, what he is up against on the first game and how to adapt. This will help him.

“We try to push the process right now because we need him.”

Chelsea will start next season with a home game against Crystal Palace before a tough opening run of matches.

Tuchel’s side face two more London derbies early in the campaign, Arsenal away on the second weekend and Spurs away in mid-September, with fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester also coming in the opening six rounds of the season.

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