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Chelsea transfer round-up – Blues preparing ‘big offer’ for Erling Haaland

With Euro 2020 done and dusted and just over a month before the start of the new season, football finds itself in the liminal space otherwise known as the summer transfer window.

Fresh off the back of their lucrative Champions League triumph, Chelsea are among the clubs expected to be active in the transfer market over the next few weeks.

Despite their European triumph, there are certainly areas in which the Blues can strengthen.

It has been widely reported that Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a striker in light of Timo Werner’s struggles in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Could Erling Haaland move to Chelsea this summer?

That has seen Chelsea linked with some of the most high-profile forwards in Europe, all of whom would come at a brain-melting cost. Having spent over £200m last summer, however, anything’s possible.

Here’s Tuesday’s Chelsea transfer round-up with all the latest developments.

‘Big offer’ for Erling Haaland in the works

Chelsea are putting together a “big offer” for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, reports ESPN pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft.

Haaland, 20, joined BVB from Red Bull Salzburg in December 2019 and has gone on to score 57 goals in 59 appearances for the club, making him one of the most sought-after forwards in world football.

While Dortmund have made it clear that they are not open to offers this summer, Chelsea are hoping to test their mettle.

According to Fjortoft, the Bundesliga giants would struggle to turn down an offer of €175m (£149.5m).

Griezmann an option

Another forward on Chelsea’s shortlist is Barcelona misfit Antoine Griezmann.

That’s according to Catalan outlet Sport, with Barca desperate to reduce their wage bill so that they can afford to keep Lionel Messi.

Griezmann is one of their highest earners and, having scored a relatively modest 35 goals in 99 appearances since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2019, he has been identified as a potential departee.

While a return to Atletico has been mooted, he has also been linked with Chelsea, Juventus and the two Manchester clubs. The Blues have reportedly been most active in their pursuit over the last few days, though Griezmann prefers the idea of a reunion with Diego Simeone.

Mancini swap deal rumoured

Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in Roma centre-back Gianluca Mancini, but they may have to offer Kurt Zouma in return to get him.

Calciomercato reports that the Giallorossi are looking to raise funds for their first transfer window with Jose Mourinho at the helm and that player sales are an inevitability.

Chelsea have been credited with an interest in Mancini, 25, who has made 82 appearances for Roma over the last two seasons since arriving, initially on loan, from Atalanta.

Roma may consider a swap deal involving Zouma, though they would still want around €10m (£8.5m) for Mancini’s services.

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