Chelsea should be able to raise at least half the funds they need to sign Erling Haaland by selling three first-team players, according to Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft.

Haaland is Chelsea’s top striker target this summer as the Blues attempt to secure the Norwegian before his release clause becomes active in a year’s time.

Chelsea are claimed to have had a proposal to sign Haaland turned down by Borussia Dortmund last week.

Reports say the Blues offered Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and cash to sign the 20-year-old.

Dortmund were not keen on that proposal but Fjortoft believes a deal could still happen which sees Haaland end up at Stamford Bridge.

Dortmund are said to want up to £150million in an outright transfer.

Fjortoft believes if Chelsea sold Abraham, Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech, then signing Haaland would make complete sense for a host of reasons.

“I still think there is a chance that this could happen,” Fjortoft told ESPN FC.

“If you see it from the point of view of Chelsea, the management of Chelsea, because it’s not like you can always just give a call to [Roman] Abramovich and say ‘we need this money, we need this player’.

“If you have a look at them with Tammy Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech – they will probably get, shall we say they will probably get half for Haaland in transfers fees from other clubs? Some desperate clubs at the end of the transfer period.

“So they have players to sell as well, so I think this could be a good business case for them and then we haven’t even started on how much they will be earning from being a Premier League contender and maybe winning the Premier League.

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“So I think this is the perfect striker for them.”

Fjortoft says it remains to be seen if Haaland would be willing to move to Chelsea, with clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona likely to be interested when the release clause becomes active next summer.

However, he reckons Haaland would warm to the idea if Chelsea made it clear they are willing to put down serious cash for his signature.

“Just last thing is, we haven’t talked about Team Haaland,” Fjortoft continued.

“Does Erling Haaland want to go to Chelsea? Well, if you see that there is someone up for it so much that they are going to break the bank to get him, I think this would be a very good deal for everybody involved.”