Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund remain in talks over a deal for Erling Haaland, according to Sky Germany‘s Marc Behrenbeck.
The journalist broke the story this morning that the Blues had proposed both Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi as possible makeweights in an informal offer for Haaland, but it seems Dortmund only want cash:
“The talks are ongoing but at the moment I don’t believe a deal to Chelsea or Manchester City will happen this season. As far as we know, when Chelsea named Abraham and Hudson-Odoi, Dortmund have said that Abraham isn’t as good as Haaland and that they need him so he wouldn’t be part of a direct swap deal. Chelsea are not willing to pay the €175m asking price at the moment.”
The last line from Behrenbeck, that Chelsea are not prepared to pay the full €175m “at the moment”, suggests there is room for negotiation but any deal does look fraught with difficulty.
Interestingly, he does mention Manchester City in his remarks, so whether the Premier League champions have also got involved in the discussions, we shall have to wait and see.
It’s clear that Chelsea may well need to raise funds through sales before making a formal bid for Haaland but, as we mentioned earlier this week, they do have plenty of players to offload if they go down that route.