CHELSEA are the standout favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund talent Erling Haaland, according to bookmakers Betfair.
The Blues have prioritised the signing of a centre-forward this summer with Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham's Harry Kane also on their radar.
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But Haaland, 20, is their No.1 target and it's not difficult to see why.
The Norwegian scored 41 goals and provided 12 assists in 41 appearances for Dortmund.
He also finished as the top scorer in the Champions League and was crowned Bundesliga Player of the Year award ahead of Robert Lewandowski.
The Telegraph claim that work is already underway to bring Haaland to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea prepared to offer Tammy Abraham as part of a deal.
It's unclear whether or not Chelsea have submitted an official offer for Haaland, who is expected to cost upwards of £150million.
Chelsea were previously offered at 6/1 to clinch Haaland's signature with Betfair.
Erling Haaland next club odds – Betfair
- Chelsea – 7/4 –
- Manchester City – 3/1
- Real Madrid – 5/1
- Barcelona – 8/1
- Manchester United – 9/1
- Bayern Munich – 10/1
- Juventus – 14/1
- Liverpool – 20/1
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But the bookies have now adjusted their betting market and installed the West London outfit as stand-alone favourites at 7/4.
Manchester City are their closest challengers at 3/1.
The Citizens are looking to replace Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer, but Kane appears to be their priority.
Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona are next in the market at 5/1 and 8/1 respectively – although their financial muscle is in question.
Manchester United are priced at 9/1 with Bundesliga champions available at 10/1 as they seek a long-term replacement for Lewandowski, 32.
Juventus and Liverpool complete the eight-runner field at 14s and 20s.
BBC Sport pundit Micah Richards thinks Chelsea would be a 'scary proposition' for any side with Haaland added to they ranks.
He recently said: "I think they’ve got absolutely everything. They’ve sorted their defensive problems.
"The only thing to add that little bit of icing to the cake would be a striker. They’ve put Werner in there, they’ve put Havertz in there.
"It seems like they’ve not really cracked that offensive aspect of the game. I’m not going to speculate. If you put Haaland in this team, they’ll be scary next season."
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