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striker chase Chase for Erling Haaland set to move to England with talks set to feature four clubs


Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland

The chase to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is hotting up, with four clubs in England believed to be ready to open initial talks over a deal for the Norwegian striker on Friday.

Dortmund have again insisted they are not expecting to sell Haaland this summer, but that could change if they fail to secure Champions League football next season.

Yet Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and his father and Alf Inge Haaland have set the ball rolling on a mega-money move, as they were in Spain on Thursday to hold talks with Real Madrid and Barcelona officials.

There are big doubts over whether Barcelona would have the finances to complete a deal that could be worth up to €200million, with Raiola's fees and the player's huge wage expectations limiting the clubs that could realistically finance the deal.

Now there are suggestions that Chelsea, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool will hold initial talks with Raiola and Haaland Snr on Friday to assess the parameters of a potential transfer.

Haaland is believed to have a strong interest in a move to England, where he grew up as his father played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City.

City appear to be the most likely destination for Haaland in England, with the Manchester club in the market for a striker after it was confirmed Sergio Aguero will leave the club this summer.

However, there have been suggestions that City may struggle to finance the deal and Chelsea or Manchester United could be more willing to finance the lavish deal.

Liverpool are the dark horses to sign Haaland, but former Reds striker John Aldridge told the Sunday World that he is the striker Jurgen Klopp's side need to reboot their forward line next season.

"Liverpool don’t have a Plan B option in their forward line and as we have seen with their slump in form over the last couple of months, they don’t have a back-up plan when Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not firing," he told us.

"A player like Haaland would give them that variation and while he would cost in excess of £100m to sign from Dortmund, he is the man I'd like to see Liverpool go for.

"This lad looks to be the real deal and he has lived up to his hype time and again over the last year. He’s strong, direct, great in the air and a brilliant finisher.

"On top of that, he is young and hungry, which is what Liverpool need in a team that has lost a little of its bite amid their current slump.

"Haaland has everything you look to be a top centre-forward and having him alongside Mane, Salah and Diogo Jota next season would give Liverpool a real chance to spring back into contention for the top trophies."

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