Chelsea’s hopes of signing Erling Haaland this summer appear to have taken a massive blow.
With Borussia Dortmund having agreed to sell one of their main stars in Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, the chances of two big-money sales in the same summer look unlikely.
Of course, it’s possible that the Bundesliga giants’ stance could soften if a bid in the region of £150million is lodged for Haaland.
However, as the striker’s release clause will be set at £68m next summer, a 12-month wait for a transfer could actually end up being beneficial for Chelsea and club director Marina Granovskaia.
But signing a new striker this summer remains a top priority for Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Although, it doesn’t seem like the west London outfit will be successful in their attempts to bring Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez to the club either.
The Argentine has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge – stretching all the way back to last summer before Chelsea splashed £47.5m to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
And according to 90min, they along with Manchester City and Liverpool had asked Inter to keep them informed of any developments regarding Martinez’s future.
Well, an update has been delivered via Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta and it’s not good news for suitors of the 23-year-old, who has an estimated transfer value of €70m-€90m (£60m-£77m) on the CIES Football Observatory.
“We want to keep Lautaro and we’ve opened talks to extend his contract,” Marotta told Sky Italia.
Interestingly, Marotta has also ruled out selling any of Inter’s big names following Achraf Hakimi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, thus meaning no return to England for Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to Chelsea.
“We are at the final stages for Hakimi to PSG, it’s going to be a done deal in 24 hours,” Marotta added. “Obviously, this is a painful moment for us, but I am an administrator who must guarantee the economic sustainability of the club during a difficult time for the world of football in general.
“Once the Hakimi operation is concluded, it will allow us to have a bit of breathing room and we really hope that we will no longer need to sell any other big players, as we want to maintain most of the squad that won the Scudetto.”