Chelsea reportedly have until Friday to make an offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland or they risk losing him for another summer.
This is according to Eurosport, who say the indications from their German sources are that Haaland will be unsellable in 72 hours’ time.
Putting a final date on the Norwegian’s potential departure should end one of the summer’s longest transfer sagas.
The Blues have been back and forth with Dortmund, with stories and rumours constantly circulating about how close they’ve been to agreeing on a deal.
It does seem that, even before this apparent deadline, Chelsea have moved on to another target in the shape of Romelu Lukaku.
One major bid from the Stamford Bridge chain of command has already been turned down by Inter Milan.
Although, it is suggested another proposal is being lined up very soon.
Dortmund can probably breathe a big sigh of relief that the Champions League holder’s attentions have turned elsewhere.
Losing Haaland would make a massive dent in their ambitions for this season.
His 41 goals in all competitions alone virtually hauled them to European qualification last year.
Not to mention winning the DFB-Pokal, thanks to a double in the final from their cerebral centre-forward.
Of course, this isn’t to say Chelsea won’t make one last mad dash for Haaland.
But all the indications are that their focus is now primarily on Lukaku.