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Erling Haaland remains one of the most sought-after talents in world football after yet another remarkable season with Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund are thought to value their star at around £150m, a figure Chelsea are rumoured to be willing to pay providing they ship some of their own talent to raise funds.
The two-time Champions League winners are one of few clubs who could actually afford Haaland, with plenty of his suitors priced out of a move for the Norway international.
However, even Chelsea will have to make significant financial changes to secure a deal, such as reupholstering their wage structure so that Haaland is the club's highest earner.
Should Dortmund try to keep hold of him for another season, it may be counter productive for the German giants given Haaland's release clause lowers to £65m, nearly half of what they are currently asking for, next year.
A recent video of the 20-year-old forward practicing his penalties has caused quite the stir on social media among Chelsea fans, with the Blues the latest club to be linked with a mega-money move for the striker.
The clip displays Haaland emphatically lashing his penalty into the top corner after his trademark run-up, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the process.
It was met with frantic replies from Chelsea fans urging him to up sticks to West London to ply his trade for the Blues as they look to mount a serious title tilt next season.
Twitter user @Jaydrilla wrote: "Monstrous left foot on this lad. Sign for the champions league winners idollo."
His sentiments were echoed by a Chelsea fan account that went by the username @CFCMob_, who jokingly wrote: "I'm told he's going to be on penalty duties against Villarreal in the Super Cup", referring to Chelsea's clash against the Spanish side before the season starts.
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Plenty of sections of the Blues online fanbase are seemingly certain Haaland will eventually put pen to paper on a deal with Chelsea before the start of the season.
The 20-year-old won the award for Bundesliga player of the season last term, which stirred some controversy given he was outscored by both Robert Lewandowski and Andre Silva.
Fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City have often been linked with a move for Haaland, but their attentions appear to have shifted to Tottenham star Harry Kane.
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