Erling Haaland to Chelsea transfer: Possible replacement, ‘mission impossible’, bid rejected

Chelsea are desperate to bring in a top class centre-forward this summer as the 2021/22 campaign edges closer.

The Blues face Crystal Palace in under three weeks’ time to kick off Thomas Tuchel’s first full season in charge of the west London club.

Landing a new striker is a top priority for head coach Tuchel, with the German determined to improve his side’s goalscoring output.

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is the club’s number one target, understands, and they are desperate to add him to their ranks over the summer.

But any deal for Haaland will prove difficult, with Dortmund determined to keep hold of their star striker this summer.

With that said, here is a round-up of everything knows so far about Haaland’s future and Chelsea’s interest in his services.

‘Mission impossible’

According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Max Bielefeld, Chelsea face an almost impossible task of convincing Dortmund to sell Haaland this summer, despite their continued interest.

He reports that it is ‘mission impossible’ for the Blues to sign him this summer, meaning Chelsea may be forced to look elsewhere to bring in a new striker.

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Dortmund double down on future

Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl has seemingly dampened Chelsea’s hopes of securing Haaland this summer by insisting he is staying in Germany.

Talking to Sky Germany, he said: 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.”

That is an opinion shared by the club’s current sporting director Michael Zorc.

Abraham swap deal lined up

According to the Mirror, Chelsea are set to make a ‘monster bid’ for Haaland, with striker Tammy Abraham involved in the deal.

Abraham, who has played just seven times since Tuchel took over in January, is valued at £50million by the Blues and could be used to try and reduce the fee they pay for their number one target Haaland.

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - JULY 24: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund during a friendly match against Athletic Bilbao as part of the training camp on July 24, 2021 in St Gallen, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)
Erling Haaland is wanted by Chelsea this summer

However, Dortmund believe Chelsea’s value of Abraham is a bit too much especially considering the lack of football he has played under the new boss.

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Aston Villa and West Ham United are also keen on the Blues striker, who netted 12 times in all competitions last season.

First bid rejected

Following reports of that aforementioned bid, it appears that Dortmund are not overly keen.

Suggestions from Sky in Germany have said that Chelsea offered cash plus either Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi in part-exchange.

However, that offer has been swiftly turned down by the German giants as they attempt to keep Haaland at the Westfalenstadion.

Possible Haaland replacement ‘deal done’

Borussia Dortmund are edging closer to signing Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven, which could have an impact on Chelsea’s transfer plans.

According to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, Dortmund’s move for Malen is “done”, with the Netherlands international set to sign a five-year contract at Signal Iduna Park.

With the striker expected to sign for the Bundesliga side, this could mean Dortmund are planning for life without Haaland following heavy transfer speculation.

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