'Must be April Fools': Some Chelsea fans can't believe report about renowned 20-year-old

Chelsea supporters did not seem to amused after discovering that Erling Haaland’s agent was having transfer discussions with Barcelona.

Fabrizio Romano claimed that Mino Raiola had landed in Spain to discuss the future of Borussia Dortmund’s sensational striker.

Here’s how Blues fans reacted to the news their priority signing might be slipping away from them.

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Haaland has been at the forefront of Chelsea and several European heavyweight’s attention for some time.

The 20-year-old doesn’t run out of contract with Dortmund until 2024, with a release clause kicking in next year.

However, many teams are desperate to snatch up him before then for a possible mouth-watering fee.

A report from the ESPN stated that Haaland’s price will be set at €180m (£153m).

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This certainly limits the number of possible destinations for the Norway international.

Manchester City and Chelsea are perhaps the only two English sides with that type of backing.

Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid could probably muster up that kind of money.

Yet Barcelona, the club Raiola is apparently conversing with, are not in the finest financial state.

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ESPN said the La Liga giant’s gross debit had risen to nearly €1.2 billion (£1 billion).

Throwing that kind of cash at Haaland would certainly raise questions about their economic structure once again.

But it’s a high price many are willing to pay, because of Haaland’s quite startling talent.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.