Chelsea ‘hold Erling Haaland talks’ despite whopping transfer fee slapped on striker by Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Erling Haaland despite the resolve of Borussia Dortmund not to allow the Norway international leave this summer.

The Bundesliga giants have, according to AS, slapped a £172million (€200m) price tag on their talismanic forward.

Should Haaland stay for the upcoming season, a release clause a little under £70m will activate next summer.

But it is the Blues who could hold the upper hand, with Roman Abramovich ready to fund a £154.5million pound move – which is Dortmund’s asking price.

According to journalist Kristof Terreur, Haaland’s future is unpredictable, though he did reveal the talks between Champions League winners Chelsea and the 20-year-old.

He told The Football Terrace: “I know that there have been talks with Haaland’s people before, but Haaland is a difficult one to predict, too.

“Definitely, since Dortmund qualified for the Champions League, you feel that now they have an extra reason to keep him.

“But Haaland is the one that everybody wants to get and I would wait for him.”

Sky Sports Italy journalist Angelo Mangiante backed up Terreur’s position last week.