Borussia Dortmund look set to play hardball with Chelsea over Erling Haaland, identical to they did with Jadon Sancho and Manchester United final summer time.
The Blues have been linked with a shocking £150million transfer for 20-year-old striker Haaland this window, leaping forward of the golf equipment ready for the Norwegian’s £68m launch clause to activate subsequent 12 months.
However Dortmund aren’t any pushovers available in the market, as United found throughout their bid to signal Sancho in 2020, earlier than lastly getting their man for £73m in current weeks.
And the German membership’s administrators have come out swinging amid extra switch rumours round their star gamers this summer time.
Future sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who will change Michael Zorc subsequent 12 months, has already dominated out a switch for Haaland.
Requested whether or not he the objective machine will nonetheless be on the membership after August 31, Kehl advised Bild: “Sure.”
He then added: “Within the conversations with Mino Raiola concerning the [Donyell] Malen switch, I didn’t have the sensation that we must meet once more quickly about Erling.
“And now we have already emphasised 1000 instances that we don’t wish to give him up.”
In the meantime, Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has additionally insisted Haaland won’t be leaving.
The boss additionally warned suitors off Germany worldwide Julian Brandt, who has been linked with a transfer to Lazio with supervisor Maurizio Sarri reportedly eager to convey him to Rome.
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“I repeat it on daily basis: Brandt will keep at Borussia Dortmund,” Watzke stated, as quoted by Tuttosport.
“For me it has at all times been very clear. Julian will stick with us – in addition to Erling Haaland. I maintain repeating it on daily basis, however no person appears to care.
“Each week I hear a special factor, however for us it’s regular, that Brandt stays at Dortmund.”