Erling Haaland has reportedly told his close associates that he will remain at Borussia Dortmund for at least another year, in a fresh blow to the transfer plans of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The 20-year-old striker is one of the hottest properties in world football and has earned interest from almost every elite club in Europe.
Chelsea have been the likeliest destination for Haaland this summer as boss Thomas Tuchel is desperate to sign a proven world-class striker.
Premier League champions Man City are also scouring the market for a striker after seeing long-serving forward Sergio Aguero depart for Barcelona on a free transfer.
However, the Premier League sides have suffered a setback as Haaland is believed to have told friends and representatives that he will remain at Dortmund, according to ESPN via the Express.
The Bundesliga club’s hefty £150m asking price was already proving to be a stumbling block for potential suitors and there are few clubs in world football who could finance such a deal this year.
Finances are tight even at the top of the elite game due to restrictions thrust upon clubs over the last 18 months due to the pandemic.
Haaland has emerged as one of the world’s best strikers over the last year and has scored a staggering 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since signing from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
He now seems set to stay for another year, but the silver lining for clubs is that Haaland’s transfer fee will fall drastically next summer.
A £64m release clause in the Norwegian’s contract becomes active in 2022, meaning that Dortmund could end up losing out on nearly £100m.