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Erling Haaland transfer blow for Man Utd and Chelsea amid ‘total agreement’ claim

Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Erling Haaland this summer as Borussia Dortmund insist the striker will stay at the German club next season.

The English big hitters and champions-to-be Manchester City are all keen on securing a move for the Norwegian talisman who has a £70m release clause in his contract that will be activated in the summer of 2022.

But Dortmund could be persuaded to part ways with their prized asset a year early if a big-money bid arrives at their doorstep.

Haaland has been lined up as a potential replacement for Sergio Aguero who will leave the Etihad at the end of the season.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also hinted that United will attempt to rival City for his signature as he eyes a reunion with his compatriot.

Chelsea have also entered the frame, while Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has already held talks with Real Madrid and Barcelona.

A host of clubs are chasing Haaland's signature
A host of clubs are chasing Haaland’s signature

But his suitors have been hit with a setback in their chase for him as Dortmund claim he will stay put for next term.

BVB chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “I’ve known Mino Raiola for a long time and get along well with him. It’s no problem for us. Erling Haaland will remain a Borussia Dortmund player next year.”

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl also insists Haaland “totally agrees” with the club’s decision.

He told Sport1 broadcaster’s Doppelpass program: “I understand that Erling Haaland will play for Borussia Dortmund in the new season.

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“Erling totally agrees. I see him every day and I can say that he completely identifies with the club.”

Raiola discussed his potential switch to the Real over the weekend, saying: I don’t know if they can afford him, because I haven’t studied their books.

“But I think they can. I think they all can. The question is different: Can Madrid afford not to buy Haaland? And Barca?

“I think that if a good opportunity comes up and everyone would be happy, we’ll put it on the table.”

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