Borussia Dortmund have reportedly rejected a players-plus-cash proposal for Erling Haaland.
Chelsea are said to have approached Dortmund over a part-exchange deal for Haaland, including both Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
That’s according to Sky Germany, who claim the Bundesliga side have given the offer short shrift and remain determined to keep hold of the 20-year-old this summer.
Roman Abramovich is desperate to secure the signing of Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer – ‘giving up is no alternative’.
A report on Wednesday claimed Chelsea are prepared to make an offer of up to £150million for the 20-year-old after holding ‘lengthy talks with Haaland’s camp’.
It is believed that Thomas Tuchel wants to sign the Norwegian ‘immediately’ despite Dortmund likely to resist any approaches this summer after agreeing to sell Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc even jokingly said on Monday that Haaland is “already in England” as speculation over his future intensifies.
And reports on Thursday morning suggested Abraham would be offered to Dortmund as part of the deal, but Sky Germany claims Hudson-Odoi has been added to negotiations as a further makeweight.
A source close to the discussions told Sky Sports News this week Chelsea face “mission impossible” in their bid to sign him.
Dortmund don’t want to lose another key player this summer after Jadon Sancho was allowed to join Manchester United in a £73million deal.
Haaland will be available for around £70m next summer due to a release clause in his contract.
But sides without the financial might of Chelsea will be in the running in a year’s time and the Blues are happy to pay a premium to land their top target.
According to Sky Germany, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola is asking for a commission of €40m (£34.2m) as part of any deal for the Dortmund striker.
Along with Haaland, Chelsea are also interested in Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane.
But Lukaku has said he wants to remain at Inter Milan for the upcoming season, while Tottenham do not want to sell Kane, particularly to a rival.