Contradictory claims on Chelsea's stance over Erling Haaland transfer situation
There have been conflicting reports from reputable sources regarding Chelsea’s transfer pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Dortmund sporting director recently told BILD that “nothing has changed” about their stance over Haaland situation.
“We are planning with Erling for the new season,” he clarified.
The statement is rather expected. Dortmund are close to securing a huge transfer fee from selling Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, and they are not under any financial pressure to sell another key player.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea are “coming to terms” with the fact that Dortmund are not willing to sell Haaland this summer.
While a contrary report from former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft claims that Chelsea are “preparing a big offer” for the strike.
Fjortoft further added that Dortmund would listen to offers of around €175million (£150m).
Well, it is possible that Chelsea have come to terms with Dortmund’s stance but are still planning to submit a bid in the hope that it could persuade the German club.
Based on how Dortmund have operated in the transfer market in the last few years, however, it seems unlikely.
To put it into perspective, Manchester United had to wait for another year before Sancho himself essentially forced the move (according to Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke).
Haaland, on the other hand, is not exactly in a position where he would have to do that, if his reported €75m (£64.5m) release clause which will become active next summer is true.
As much as Chelsea fans would like the club to just pay Dortmund’s asking price, it is somewhat understandable if the club is hesitant to spend £150m on a player.