Haaland, who has scored 19 goals in 17 matches for Dortmund this season, has a £66.6million release clause in his contract which cannot be triggered until 2022.
Chelsea ‘are prepared to smash their transfer record to sign Erling Haaland in the summer’
The Borussia Dortmund goal machine has a release clause of £66m that kicks in during 2022
But Chelsea, managed by Frank Lampard, are reportedly willing to strike early to sign Haaland
But, according to The Athletic, Chelsea will attempt to sign Haaland at the end of the season, even if it means paying significantly more than the release clause amount.
Dortmund are understandably reluctant to lose such a key player who has scored 35 goals in 35 matches for them since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
But Chelsea want to sign a world class striker and believe the impact of Covid-19 on club finances across Europe gives them a window of opportunity to outbid their rivals this summer.
At the moment, Chelsea’s record spend on a play is the £80m Kai Havertz will cost them if all add-ons are triggered. The Germany international arrived from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
Haaland (top) has a sensational scoring record of 35 goals in 35 games for Dortmund
Chelsea may have to pay considerably more than the £80m Kai Havertz may ultimately cost
Haaland would reportedly work in tandem with Timo Werner rather than replace him
The Athletic report that a further obstacle to signing Haaland will be having to deal with his agent, Mino Raiola.
Chelsea were angered by Raiola when they missed out on Romelu Lukaku in 2017, when the Belgian striker went to Manchester United instead.
But the club reportedly believes that Haaland is the man to take them to the next level both in the Premier League and the Champions League.
He could combine with Timo Werner, the German striker signed from RB Leipzig for £54m last summer. Werner has scored nine times for Chelsea but hasn’t scored in the Premier League since November 7.