Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, according to reports.
The Norwegian forward is one of the most in-demand footballers in the world and he has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, amid interest from Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
And now, Ian McGarry claims that personal terms have all been agreed, although he also suggests that discussions between the two clubs over the transfer fee are still ongoing, which could prove to be a sticking point.
Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, McGarry said: “Personal terms for Haaland are signed off, its just a case of Chelsea agreeing a fee with Dortmund.”
Haaland reportedly has a release clause of €75m (£64.8m), but this doesn’t come into effect until the summer of 2022, which means clubs may have to pay a premium if they are to prise him away from the Signal Iduna Park.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Thomas Tuchel will have to break Chelsea’s record transfer fee to sign the highly-rated Norway international.
Chelsea famously signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen last year in a deal worth £70m (€81.30) plus add-ons with his price tag coming close to topping the amount they paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
And if Tuchel wants to sign Haaland, Romano revealed the club will have to spend upwards of £129m for his services.
The journalist said: “There are rumours coming from Jan Aage Fjortoft. He is always correct when he talks on these kind of players and it’s 100% true that Chelsea are interested in Erling Haaland. Confirmed and true.
“Dortmund’s position is that the player is not leaving this summer. If they sell Sancho, they see it as really complicated to sell Haaland. Borussia Dortmund have no intention to negotiate.
“For sure Chelsea want to try. If Chelsea want to do something crazy, and when I say crazy, it’s more than €150m (£129.6m).”
McGarry’s co-presenter Duncan Castles has also recently come out and said that Dortmund’s asking price for the forward is in the region of €180m (£154.5m).