The future of Erling Haaland was a subject that dominated the 2021 summer transfer window, with Chelsea one of the many clubs interested in the striker. Almost 12 months later, the 21-year-old’s future is again a hot topic of conversation with many outlets reporting that the striker has a £63million release clause in his contract that becomes active in the summer.

However, according to GOAL, this is not the case. The report claims there is a “gentlemen’s agreement” between Dortmund and Haaland’s advisors that if an offer suitable is received, then the German club would not stand in the way of the Norwegian centre-forward leaving.

Chelsea were interested in signing Haaland last summer, with Thomas Tuchel confirming the club’s interest in the Norway star in October. “We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window,” Tuchel told German news outlet BILD.

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“But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible. We talk about him regularly, of course, because he is a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.”

Chelsea of course went on to sign Romelu Lukaku for almost £100million in August, which silenced the Haaland rumours for the time being. There could be a chance the Blues’ interest is revived this summer, though, but they will not be short of competition.

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all said to be interested in Haaland. There is, though, something Chelsea can do to try and beat these clubs to the signature of the Dortmund man.

Dortmund, according to the report, are demanding a sell-on fee if Haaland moves on again in the future. The structure of any deal is set to be complicated, with the German club wanting to take as much money from the deal as possible.

The Bundesliga outfit are expected to make ‘solidarity payments’ to Haaland’s former clubs, Molde and Red Bull Salzburg. Dortmund, though, want the buying club to make those payments.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently confessed that if Man City submit an offer for Haaland, then the Germans “cannot keep up” and would have to sell. He said to BILD: “I’ve given up judging media rumours.

“Otherwise, my day would have to have 36 hours. We don’t currently know anything specific from the player’s side, nor has anyone approached us. However, we cannot keep up financially if Manchester City comes in.”

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