Dortmund give update on Chelsea transfer target Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund chief gives update on Chelsea target Erling Haaland

The Norwegian missed the first day of pre-season training (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea target Erling Haaland was absent from Borussia Dortmund’s first day of pre-season training on Monday, though sporting director Michael Zorc has laughed off speculation the striker is leaving.

The Norwegian forward, who enjoyed another prolific campaign last season, is believed to be Chelsea’s number one transfer target this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to bring in a new number nine.

Any deal would require Chelsea to shatter the Premier League transfer record, with Dortmund adamant he will not be sold even though a release clause becomes active in a year’s time allowing him to leave for just £64million.

Borussia Dortmund chief gives update on Chelsea target Erling Haaland

Haaland scored 27 Bundesliga goals last season (Picture: Getty)

Haaland threatened to ignite speculation that he could be ready to force through a move to west London when he was a no-show for pre-season training, but Zorc played down his absence and even joked about the transfer rumours.

‘Erling is already in England,’ the sporting director jokingly told Sky Germany on Monday after it became apparent that Haaland would not be reporting to training as previously expected.

Speaking over the weekend to Bild about Haaland’s future, Zorc said: ‘Nothing has changed. We are firmly planning with Erling for the new season.’

Leeds-born Haaland is believed to be keen on testing himself in England and would welcome a move to Chelsea, though Dortmund are under absolutely no pressure to sell.

The German giants have already pocketed £72.9m this summer from Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United and it would therefore take an astronomical offer – at least two times his future release clause – to convince Dortmund to sell Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund chief gives cheeky update on Chelsea target Erling Haaland

Dortmund do not need to sell Haaland after getting big money for Sancho (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about his future, he said in May: ‘I have a contract for a couple of years, so I am respectful towards my contract.

‘I am a simple guy. When I like something I just want to have more – when I score a goal, I always chase the next goal.’

Haaland has been nothing short of sensational since joining Dortmund in December 2020, scoring 40 goals in just 43 Bundesliga appearances while he showed his pedigree in the Champions League too, bagging 10 goals in eight European outings last season.

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