Chelsea held negotiations with 21-year-old Bundesliga striker

The London giants have faced a setback in their bid to sign Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window. Borussia Dortmund have rejected the offer of a part-exchange deal, which involved Tammy Abraham in the deal for the 20-year-old centre-forward.

Haaland first burst onto the spotlight in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign, when he was scoring goals for fun for RB Salzburg. A big move to Bundesliga giants followed in January 2020 and Erling has only gone on to enhance his reputation of being a goal machine.

To date, Erling has notched up a scintillating tally of 57 goals and 15 assists in 59 games for the BVB and is already regarded as one of the best forwards in the match. Suffice to say, the youngster has popped up on the radar of only about every big team in Europe, with Chelsea, in particular, keen on signing him this summer.

The eagerness from Chelsea to land Erling this summer makes a world of sense, mainly due to the fact that his €75m release clause will come into effect next year, which will then bring into play a bevy of top teams around Europe. Therefore, by paying a premium for the Norwegian striker this summer, Chelsea can get one up on the tournament.

Having said that, with Tammy Abraham being deemed surplus to requirement by the German manager and Olivier Giroud on the verge of joining Milan, Chelsea do need to sign a striker. To that end, the Blues are also eyeing Danny Ings as an alternative to Erling, although their preference is clear.