Journalist claims he already had chat with Mino Raiola over Chelsea's interest in Erling Haaland

Le Parisien journalist Julien Laurens confirmed that both Mino Raiola and Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge are aware of Chelsea’s “concrete” interest in the striker.

An earlier report from Sky Germany suggested that the Blues have already proposed a potential player plus cash deal for the 20-year-old, involving either Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Dortmund, however, have reportedly turned down the proposal.

Laurens, who claims to have already been in contact with Haaland’s camp, believe that Chelsea will have a hard time convincing Dortmund to let go another key player following Jadon Sancho’s imminent move to Manchester United.

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“I’ve spoken to Mino Raiola and Alfie Haaland, they know that this interest is concrete,” the London-based French journalist told ESPN FC.

“Chelsea are really keen on Erling Haaland.

“The thing is, there is this €75million release clause [that will become active] next year, and Borussia Dortmund is saying ‘Until then, he’s staying with us — we don’t care how much money you can offer.'”

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While Laurens still thinks Dortmund might even turn down a €175m (£150m) bid that Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay, he believes they should still put the money on the table.

“Why would you wait if you could get him now?” he argued.

“OK, you might get him for half the price. But you know that many other clubs will be after him, and it will be far harder for you to get him.”

Chronicle view

Considering Olivier Giroud is now close to joining AC Milan and Abraham seems to be on his way out as well, it is clear that Chelsea desperately need a new No.9, whether it’s Haaland or someone else.

At this point, keeping Abraham for another season might be a sensible move rather than having to sign a second, third-option target if Dortmund still refuse to sell.

It seems risky to lose both Abraham and Giroud without having a ready-made replacement ahead of the new season.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.