Chelsea ‘prepared to offer Tammy Abraham in player-plus-cash deal for Erling Haaland’

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to include Tammy Abraham as part of a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland this summer.

Haaland, 20, is on the radar of a host of top European clubs following an outstanding 18 months in Germany in which the Norwegian has bagged 57 goals in 59 games for the Bundesliga outfit.

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Thomas Tuchel is on the hunt for a new striker to lead the line for the European champions next season, and Haaland is currently ahead of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku on their wishlist.

And according to The Mirror, the Blues are prepared to include striker Abraham in a deal to land the £150m-valued marksman.

Such is Chelsea’s determination to sign Haaland, they have informed Abraham’s potential suitors that he is off limits while they pursue a player-plus-cash deal for the Norwegian.

Aston Villa and West Ham are understood to be interested in a deal for the 23-year-old, valued at £50m, and Abraham is reportedly more interested in a move to East London than the West Midlands.

However, BVB view Chelsea’s valuation of Abraham – whose contract expires in 2023 – as excessive, with the Englishman getting limited game time under Tuchel in the latter half of the 2020-21 campaign.

Dortmund have already sold Jadon Sancho this summer in a £73m deal with Manchester United but have maintained that Haaland is not for sale this window.

The 20-year-old returned to pre-season training this week but did not feature in their friendly against FC Giessen on Tuesday.

‘There is nothing new on this matter. He is in our plans. Erling will return this week and he will be very hungry,’ sporting director Sebastian Kehl confirmed last week.

‘He wants to play football, he feels comfortable with us and he will be eager to score many goals.’

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