Chelsea 'given green light to sign Erling Haaland but Dortmund doubt striker wants Blues transfer with fee at £150m'

CHELSEA have reportedly been given the green light to sign Erling Haaland but Borussia Dortmund doubt he will fancy a move to the Blues.

Stamford Bridge chiefs are believed to have given new boss Thomas Tuchel the go-ahead when it comes to launching a bid for Haaland, according to Bild.

Haaland's incredible goalscoring record of 43 goals in 43 games for Borussia Dortmund has put Europe's top clubs on red alert.

The 20-year-old has a £65million release clause that comes into force in 2022.

But reports suggest any clubs that want to sign the striker this summer will have to pay £150m to land their man.

The report states Chelsea are prepared to cough up over £87m for the player amid talk Frank Lampard's successor will be handed a £260m transfer warchest.

Tuchel could poach the prolific Norwegian striker from his old side Dortmund – just four years after a falling out saw him leave the German club.

The 47-year-old replaced Liverpool-bound Jurgen Klopp at Signal Iduna Park in 2015 and won the German Cup during his time at the helm.

But Bild suggests Tuchel would anger Dortmund chiefs Hans-Joachim Watzke – who sacked him in 2017 after saying he was 'worn out' from dealing with his antics – and Michael Zorc as well as the club's fans if he was the man to lure their prized asset away.

Haaland was linked with TEN clubs that could afford him by his agent Mino Raiola.


Four Premier League sides are thought to be in the frame with Manchester City and Manchester United heavily linked with the frontman.

Real Madrid is another possible destination with Los Blancos supposedly keen on a move if they fail to land PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe as they look to revamp their forward options.

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta is promising to bring Haaland to the Nou Camp in a move which could see the Norwegian and Mbappe follow on from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's historic El Clasico GOAT rivalry.

Dortmund are believed to think Haaland would chose other clubs over Chelsea and he is certainly not short of options with a move potentially hastened if the Bundesliga side fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

On Thursday, sporting director Zorc said: "It is obvious to everyone that Erling will not switch to every club after his time at BVB.

"I don't even get to ten. We are happy that we have Erling here and continue planning with him!"

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