Chelsea closely monitoring Dortmund hotshot

Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Erling Haaland has a release clause of just £68m that will activate at the end of the campaign. Widely regarded as one of football’s most prolific centre-forwards, the Norweigan striker’s impending availability is set to spark a fight for his signature.

That’s according to a recent report, who claims that despite all of Europe’s biggest teams wanting Haaland, those currently leading the charge are Real Madrid and PL trio Chelsea, Man City and Man United.

Although Erling, will be available next summer for a modest fee, the striker, who is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, is reportedly demanding an eye-watering £30m-per year in wages.

Should any club be prepared to offer Erling wages in excess of £500,000-per week, he would undoubtedly become one of the world’s highest-paid players. Although it is obvious why any top-tier club would be keen to sign the Borussia Dortmund centre-forward, the prospect of doing business with Raiola could very well become a sticking point for some.

Man United, who are more than familiar with Mino Raiola from their signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, would perhaps do well to negotiate with caution. Pogba, 28, will be out of contract at Man United next summer and despite ongoing discussions, the French midfielder has yet to sign a deal extension.