Chelsea’s interest in Erling Haaland this summer is no secret but a move for the Borussia Dortmund superstar is proving difficult.
Dortmund do not want to sell their star striker, who scored an incredible 41 goals in 41 games for his club last season, especially given Jadon Sancho’s recent departure.
Sancho made a long-awaited big-money move to Manchester United recently and the German club will not want to lose arguably their two star players in the same transfer window.
However, if Dortmund do keep Haaland for another season, then there are reports that the Norwegian forward has a £70million release clause in his deal that becomes active in the summer of 2022.
Chelsea are looking to sign the 21-year-old before that to avoid any competition, which there is sure to be for someone of Haaland’s calibre.
But according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, any deal for the Blues this summer will prove “very difficult” because of Dortmund’s ambition to win a trophy in the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.
Speaking to his followers on live-streaming platform Twitch, Romano said: “I think this deal will be really difficult this summer – that is my feeling.
“On Haaland if he stays at Dortmund, it’s true they’ll lose a lot of money [due to his release clause in 2022], but football is not just about balances and money – it’s also about winning titles.
“It’s also about details that are important for balance.
“People ask me why it makes sense for Dortmund to lose him in a year for €75million and not sell him now for €125m, €130m. I think it’s because of their desire to win something with Erling Haaland this season.
“But also remember the Champions League. They get a lot of money from the Champions League.
“If they lose that spot and if you sell Erling Haaland, that’ll be a big problem. That’s why they want to keep Erling Haaland.”
These comments from Romano back up Sky Sports’ report earlier this month that said it will be “mission impossible” for Chelsea to sign the Dortmund star this summer.
A ‘source close to the discussions’ between Dortmund and Chelsea said: “Chelsea are trying but it is going to be very difficult.
“At the moment it looks like mission impossible. It is unlikely but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.”
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