Borussia Dortmund has rejected Chelsea’s initial transfer bid for Erling Haaland.
Chelsea has made their first bid for Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.
According to Sky Germany, Chelsea’s initial offer for Erling Haaland was turned down by Borussia Dortmund. After weeks of feverish speculation, the Blues have made their first bid for the Norwegian striker, who is Thomas Tuchel’s top target, but Dortmund have been certain that Haaland is not for sale, as they have been all summer.
Despite this, Mino Raiola’s representative, who continues to negotiate with Chelsea in the background, is open-minded about his client’s future.
Dortmund has made it obvious to him that they do not want to trade Haaland at any price.
The £64 million release clause in the 20-year-contract old’s will become active next summer, causing a bidding war.
Dortmund, though, are unwilling to entertain bids for their talisman, Jadon Sancho, who has already been sold to Manchester United.
Despite their adamant attitude, it has been reported in Germany that a €175 million (£150 million) offer would force them to accept.
Chelsea’s initial bid reportedly included Callum Hudson-Odoi or Tammy Abraham in part-exchange, according to Sky Germany.
Dortmund turned down Chelsea’s bid, but that is unlikely to deter them as they return to the drawing board.
The Blues are hoping to raise funds this summer, and a number of their fringe players may be able to help them put together a more tempting package before the transfer market closes on August 31.
Among the players who could depart Stamford Bridge this summer are Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Kurt Zouma, and Hakim Ziyech.
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Despite winning the Champions League last season, Tuchel is exclusively focused on finding a new No 9.
Match-winner In the final against Manchester City, Kai Havertz played as a false nine, but Chelsea has lacked a decisive, goal-scoring striker.
Timo Werner was meant to deliver that, but since joining from RB Leipzig last summer, he has failed to live up to expectations in front of goal.
Instead, he has attacked from the left side, and Haaland is now considered the jigsaw’s final piece.
Chelsea were interested, according to Tuchel, several months back. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”