KEY POINTS

  • Chelsea have made Haaland their top target this summer
  • Haaland is contracted with Dortmund until 2024
  • He is also being chased by Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland denied any possible move to Premier League in the 2021 summer market, calling his $208 million links with Chelsea "just rumors."

In the underway pre-season camp of Dortmund in Switzerland, Haaland told the reporters that $208 million is "a lot of money for a person!"

It was earlier reported that Chelsea were preparing a massive offer for Haaland, who is contracted with Dortmund until 2024. Even though Chelsea won the 2020-21 Champions League by beating Manchester City in the final, Thomas Tuchel is on the lookout for a new strike ahead of the new campaign.

The German club has made it clear on a number of occasions that it is not looking to sell Haaland and won’t consider offers for the young sensation unless the fee is $204 million or more.

"I don't really have much to say about this. 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 rumors to be honest because that's a lot of money for a person!" Haaland was quoted by Sky Sports, as saying in a press conference in Switzerland.

Following the departure of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United earlier this month, Dortmund will not lose another key player like Haaland this summer.

Even though Chelsea have made Haaland their top target, the deal looks unlikely to happen ahead of the 2021-22 season. It is also understood that Chelsea have identified Bayern Munich’s superstar Robert Lewandowski as their alternative to Haaland.

Meanwhile, Haaland has also been a long-term target of Manchester United. There have been rumors that the Red Devils could use Anthony Martial in a swap deal to land Haaland at Old Trafford. Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer had failed to sign Haaland during the 2020 January transfer window as the player instead moved to Dortmund from RB Salzburg.

Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho pose with the trophy after winning the German Cup (DFB Pokal) final football match RB Leipzig v BVB Borussia Dortmund, in Berlin on May 13, 2021. Photo: MARTIN ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Even though Haaland has three more years left on his current deal with the Bundesliga side, he will be up for grabs for as low as $88 million in the 2022 summer. This is because of a clause in his Dortmund contract, inserted by his Super Agent, Mino Raiola.