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Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Chelsea hopes of signing Erling Haaland appear to have been given a boost, with Stamford Bridge sources stating their belief that they have a clear run at signing the Borussia Dortmund striker this summer.

sundayworld.com revealed last month that Chelsea were weighing up the possibility of making a bid for the 20-year-old Norwegian forward, who is one of the most wanted players in world football.

While talks over a possible €150million transfer have yet to get underway between the two clubs, Chelsea insiders believe they may be the only club in the race to sign Haaland this summer, which would strengthen their bargaining position.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for Haaland over the last year, but there is a feeling that neither club would have the financial muscle to consider such a lavish transfer this summer.

That could change when a €75million release clause in Haaland's contract becomes active next summer, with Chelsea chiefs believing that could be the key to opening the door for a possible deal this summer.

If Dortmund are offered a fee in excess of €120million for a player they will be forced to sell for €75million next year, they may have to consider their options.

Yet Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has confirmed that their stance on Haaland remains firm, as he stated they are not planning to sell the striker any time soon.

"Nothing has changed," Zorc told Bild on Saturday. "We are planning with Erling for the new season."

That position could shift if Chelsea make their expected move for Haaland, with players possibly thrown into the mix as part exchange in a possible deal.

Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi could be make-weights in a possible Haaland deal, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea can fund a transfer that would smash their club record fee and remain within UEFA's Financial Fair Play guidelines.

The huge windfall of TV revenue that came their way after their Champions League win last season could go towards a deal for Haaland and they also need to consider whether they make a move for a player now or risk missing out on him if his fee drops to €75million and rival clubs join the race next summer.

"Two or three signings could be very, very good," is the view of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as he looks forward to his first summer transfer window as Blues boss. "It's a constant thing to never deny change; that you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it's a good thing.

"We don't need another seven and another complete turnover because it's also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it's not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving.

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"But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us."

So the decision Chelsea need to make in the next few weeks appears to be simple; find a way to fund a deal to sign Haaland now or risk missing out on a striker who could lead their line for the next decade in a heated transfer scrap with some of Europe's big hitters next summer.

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