Erling Haaland issues telling response to Chelsea transfer speculation

Borussia Dortmund are adamant they will keep hold of the Norwegian, despite intense interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United

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Erling Haaland has opened the door on a potential blockbuster transfer by refusing to rule out a Borussia Dortmund exit.

The Norwegian is the most sought after player in world football after a stunning 18 months in the Bundesliga.

Haaland has plundered 57 goals in 59 games, ascending to one of Europe’s best strikers in the process.

Dortmund have been steadfast in their insistence Haaland will remain at Signal Iduna Park, despite interest from the Premier League.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with the 20-year-old, as they search for long-term options in the striker position.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has courted attention from Europe’s biggest clubs

But Pep Guardiola has hinted City may not be able to afford the kind of fee that Haaland would command, while United look as if their focus is elsewhere.

That leaves Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel making it clear that he needs to add goals to his side, despite winning the Champions League last season.

Timo Werner struggled in front of goal during his first season, while Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud have both been heavily linked with an exit.

“We need more goals and we rely on anybody and we want to trust anybody who is capable of scoring,” Tuchel said in April.

“But you just need to read the numbers, our top scorers have six goals. This is clearly not enough for the demands, the expectations and the targets Chelsea football club has and what we demand.

“I say this without any anger and without being rude to any of the offensive guys, I think they’re very well aware of it.”

Erling Haaland refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a summer transfer

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl was recently quizzed about the potential of Haaland going to Stamford Bridge, reaffirming their belief he will remain with the team next season.

“Haaland to Chelsea? I read about it, but for us nothing has changed: we have plans with Erling for next season, he and his agent are aware of it. We expect him back this week,” Kehl said.

Reports have suggested that Chelsea are one of the teams Haaland could imagine himself at and remained coy when asked about the possibility of him leaving Dortmund.

BILD via Football.London report that after asking Haaland if he will leave Dortmund, he opted to remain silent, simply offering a smile in response.

Dortmund kickstarted their preparations for the new season with a friendly against FC Giessen on Tuesday night.

Haaland was absent for that game, but Kehl confirmed there was no update on his future.

“There is nothing new on this matter. He is in our plans. Erling will return this week and he will be very hungry.

“He wants to play football, he feels comfortable with us and he will be eager to score many goals.”

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