Borussia Dortmund have turned down Chelsea’s attempt to include two players as part of their bid to sign Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports in Germany.
The Norway international is Thomas Tuchel’s top target to strengthen his attack, while Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is also intent on bringing the 20-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Dortmund, however, are adamant that Haaland will remain with them for at least one more season as any potential deal for the striker would cost Chelsea in the region of £150m.
According to Sky Germany, Chelsea have attempted to offset that cost by offering Dortmund the opportunity to sign Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi as part of the deal for Haaland.
But the report claims that Dortmund have ‘waved off’ Chelsea’s proposal.
Chelsea are already open to selling Abraham this summer and the club are holding out for a £40m transfer fee with both West Ham and Aston Villa interested.
The Champions League holders are also willing to listen to offers for Hudson-Odoi, who also struggled to secure a regular role after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January.
Haaland, meanwhile, returned to training this week following his summer break and Dortmund’s head of first-team football, Sebastian Kehl, who is replacing Michael Zorc as the club’s sporting director next summer, has stressed that the plan has not changed regarding the striker’s future.
‘I have also read about the sum, but for us nothing has changed on this matter,’ Kehl said this week.
‘We are planning firmly with Erling, this has also been clearly communicated to him and his advisor.
‘He wants to play football, he feels comfortable with us and is hungry to score many goals for us this season.’