Dortmund want to maintain Haaland despite Chelsea’s interest, but are willing to trade him. Sancho is a character in the film Sancho

Despite Chelsea’s desire to sign Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund is adamant about keeping him for another year.

After winning the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel wants to bring in a forward, and Chelsea is ready to increase their interest in Haaland. The Norwegian, who is also wanted by Manchester City, has 57 goals in 17 months with Dortmund and has established himself as one of Europe’s most intriguing players.

Tuchel, who secured a contract deal until 2024 last week, told Chelsea’s board that bringing in a top striker will be crucial if the club is to challenge City for the Premier League championship. After seeing another target, Romelu Lukaku, indicate he plans to stay at Internazionale and admitting that City are favourites to buy Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Chelsea are debating whether to test Dortmund’s commitment over Haaland.

However, completing a deal for Haaland, which is worth more than £150 million, will be exceedingly tough. Dortmund are sure that the Norway international, who will be 21 next month, is not moving anywhere anytime soon. After qualifying for the Champions League, the Bundesliga team is in a stronger position and will only make one major sell. They will not stand in the way of Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho if the winger’s asking price of €90 million (£77.5 million) is met.

Dortmund proved that they are not easily swayed when they refused to lower their asking price for Sancho despite United’s interest last summer. They intend to keep Haaland for another season, with a transfer next year more plausible.

Another issue is the price of signing Haaland. Chelsea, who smashed their transfer record by signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for £62 million last summer, are reportedly hesitant to pay £150 million on the attacker. They would rather haggle a lesser amount for Haaland, whose agent, Mino Raiola, may want £300,000 a week in remuneration for his client. Haaland is unlikely to be affordable for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Chelsea has contemplated offering Tammy Abraham, who is on the market, in a swap deal. Dortmund, on the other hand, is expected to want a fixed sum for Haaland.

Dortmund has been connected with Callum Hudson-Odoi, another Chelsea prodigy. Hudson-Odoi, on the other hand, is said to be content at Stamford Bridge and wants to battle for his spot.

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