Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will pay a maximum of £130m for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports in England.
The Blues are believed to be lining up a ‘take it or leave it’ proposal for the Norwegian international, with Abramovich said to be unwilling to go above the spending limit he has set.
Reports in Germany suggest that Dortmund have set an asking price for Haaland at around €175m (£150m) so Chelsea’s rumoured offer will fall £20m short.
Whether there will be room for compromise between the two sides, it remains to be seen, but the bid is still substantially more than Dortmund would get if they keep the forward until next summer.
Haaland has a release clause that comes into effect in 2022 which means he will be able to leave the Bundesliga for just €75m (£64m). That is precisely half of what Chelsea are said to be prepared to pay now.