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Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea have made their move to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with two players proposed as part exchange in what would be a mega-money deal, according to Sky Germany.

As revealed by sundayworld.com last weekend, Chelsea are reported to have made an informal offer that included attacking players Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi as make-weights in a deal that would see Norway striker Haaland move to Stamford Bridge.

Yet the Sky report suggests Dortmund are keen to hang on to their star man for another year at least.

A move for Haaland was always likely to be challenging for Chelsea this summer, with the huge transfer ad agent fee likely to take any deal beyond the €150million mark.

That figure would shattered Chelsea's transfer record fee, which was the £71.6million they paid to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.

So will this deal happen?

It still seems unlikely unless Chelsea offer a fee in the region of €150million, with the agent fee being demanded by Mino Raiola certain to ensure the overall fee for this transfer would spiral.

Yet as we have reported throughout the last two months, Chelsea are keen to explore any possibility to sign Haaland, who can leave Dortmund for just €75million next summer due to a release clause in his contract.

That has inspired Chelsea to believe they can entice Dortmund to sell Haaland now, but it seems unlikely the Stamford Bridge club could fund a €150million deal and comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules unless they sell their fringe players for big money this summer.

What's is clear is Chelsea are making every effort to sign Haaland, with the club aware they will face stiff competition for one of the most wanted players in Europe if they fail to do a deal this summer.

We revealed last weekend that Chelsea believe they are the only club in the running to sign Haaland in this transfer window, so now it remains to be seen whether they can come up with a package that would tempt Dortmund to sell.

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Haaland returned to training with Dortmund on Monday, but refused to answer questions over whether he would join Chelsea when quizzed by reporters.

Now Chelsea need to consider their options and come up with an offer that could be enough to secure the services of a striker who could lead their line for the next decade.

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