Chelsea facing Erling Haaland transfer snub as Dortmund exit ‘depends’ on January decision

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Chelsea target Erling Haaland could end up signing a new and improved contract at Borussia Dortmund if he agrees a sponsorship deal with Puma in the new year, according to reports. The 20-year-old striker has already established himself as one of the world’s finest attacking players, earning links to a selection of elite clubs in the process.

The likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all been credited with an interest in Haaland’s signature alongside Chelsea ahead of next season.

He reportedly has a modest release clause in the region of £68million written into his contract that will come into effect in the summer.

As a result, he is widely expected to leave Dortmund after the end of the current campaign in order to take on a fresh challenge elsewhere.

It has previously been claimed that Haaland’s current employers are resigned to losing their man in the near future, but it seems as though he could still end up staying at the Westfalenstadion for a number of years.

Dortmund will be able to finance a big-money deal to keep the forward on their books as their highest-paid player if he changes his primary sponsor in January, according to AS.

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The report claims that club chiefs have already drawn up plans to offer Haaland a lucrative multi-year agreement to remove his cut-price release clause and ward off any interested parties.

However, this will depend on whether he chooses to end his sponsorship deal with Nike and sign with Puma, who are Dortmund’s long-term kit suppliers.

It is said that such a move would see the club given additional funds to retain Haaland’s services, but a decision is not expected to be made until January.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea and a number of other interested clubs could be forced to stand down if Haaland eventually decides to commit his future to Dortmund.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel previously admitted that a move for the Norwegian striker has already been spoken about behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge.

“We have talked about Haaland a couple of times also in the transfer window [but] it looked unrealistic and not possible to do,” he told Bild last month.

“Of course we talk regularly about him because he is a fantastic player and a profile at Dortmund, which is a big rival for us in the Champions League.

“Sign Haaland with Lukaku? I have no problem to talk about that.”

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Meanwhile, Dortmund defender Mats Hummels recently urged Haaland to carefully weigh up his options ahead of next summer, insisting that an extended stay at the club might be in his best interests.

“I can fully understand him if he wants to stay because it’s great in Dortmund, because he knows what he’s got here,” said Hummels.

“I haven’t given up hope that he’ll stay for a long time. The grass on the other hand is not always greener. You really should be aware of that in football.

“It’s worth a lot if you have a good environment, and you feel comfortable with the boys, too. You have to appreciate that.

“That is not the case in every club. So we have a lot to offer Erling, it is not like that.”

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