Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich backed to ‘break the bank’ with biggest offer possible

Will Haaland leave Dortmund this summer?

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich must “break the bank” and offer as much as he can to sign Erling Haaland this summer, according to former Blues midfielder Craig Burley. Haaland is Chelsea’s top striker target this summer but Borussia Dortmund do not want to sell him in this window. The Norwegian has a release clause in his contract which doesn’t become active until the summer of 2022.

Haaland scored an impressive 41 goals in as many appearances in all competitions for Dortmund last term.

The Bundesliga club are said to value the 21-year-old at at least £150million, double what his release clause will be next year.

Chelsea have reportedly attempted to offer players such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner to lower the fee.

However, Dortmund would only be interested in a straight cash deal.

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Burley believes Chelsea should just cough up what Dortmund would accept because Haaland is worth every penny they can muster.

“I’d just go and do it, I’d go and do it,” Burley told ESPN FC.

“Injuries, football, occupational hazard, bad injuries, you just never know.

“This is the one guy, and I mean this, the one guy in world football at the moment that I would break the bank for.

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“Because you’re buying longevity, you’re buying a player who – this is scary to say – could still get better.

“Power, pace, poised at the end, finishing, everything we’ve seen from this young man.

“This is a bank-breaker, for the clubs that are able to potentially do it you go to your investors and you say: ‘We’ve got to get this done’.

“Go and slap the biggest offer you can on Dortmund’s table, £150m.”

Haaland was asked about his future and the interest from Chelsea earlier this week.

However, he insisted he is happy at Dortmund and hoped the rumours of his price tag were not true.

“I don’t really have much to say about this,” Haaland said.

“I have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund).

“Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.

“I don’t really care too much about that. It’s a lot of money – I hope it’s just rumours to be honest because that’s a lot of money for a person!”

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