“Erling Haaland was ready to talk with Chelsea”

Erling Haaland was ‘very happy’ to listen to offers from Chelsea this summer, according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein.

Chelsea were linked with a move for the Norway international before they signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

According to Honigstein, Haaland was ready to talk with Chelsea but a move never materialised.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Honigstein said: “There are strong rumours that Real Madrid feel confident [about signing Haaland]. However, there are strong rumours they feel confident about [Kylian] Mbappe and that hasn’t materialised yet. So let’s see what happens.

“I don’t think he knows where he’s going to end up.

“I think the point from a Chelsea perspective was that I was sure he was very happy to listen to Chelsea and maybe to a certain extent encourage Chelsea to make an advance or see if a deal can happen.

“He was never committed to going to Chelsea in recognition that next year he could have not just one club but five or six to choose from.”