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Chelsea winning the race to land Dortmund striker Haaland

Chelsea are becoming increasingly hopeful about their dream of landing Erling Haaland this summer.

Borussia Dortmund face a fight to hold on to Haaland and suspect the interest in their star striker will outweigh that of Jadon Sancho. Real Madrid are very keen while Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all in the picture and monitoring the situation.

However, Chelsea have been quietly making progress behind the scenes to show influential figures close to Haaland that their project will be worth strong consideration when decision time comes.

Their aggressive spend last summer, combined with the appointment of Thomas Tuchel recently, is a sign of their ambition and the club intend to continue to make strong moves in the market over the next two years as they see an opportunity to capitalise on uncertain times at other clubs.

As champions Liverpool now look to a rebuild there is a feeling Chelsea could leapfrog them – as well as the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Tottenham – to become Man City’s most serious title contenders in future seasons.

Haaland is unsure what his next step will be after Dortmund and sources have always indicated that he will only move to England when he feels the right club at the right moment comes along.

His €75 million release clause at Dortmund does not kick in until 2022 but he may become available this summer, even though the club do not want to sell. They are currently outside the Champions League spots and qualification for Europe’s top competition is crucial – though the same would apply to Chelsea, who would need to finish in the top four in order to sign him.

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Chelsea want a new centre-forward as neither Tammy Abraham nor Olivier Giroud are going to be the long-term solution and the club believe they are slowly making progress to convince Haaland, via intermediaries and agent Mina Raiola, that Stamford Bridge could be the place for him to be the main man for a side challenging domestically and in the Champions League.

Their strongest challenge is likely to come from City, who have had him in their sights for the past two years as the perfect striker to help them transition to a new era beyond Sergio Aguero.



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