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Chelsea to test Borussia Dortmund resolve with £135m Erling Braut Haaland bid?

Chelsea to test Dortmund resolve with £135m Haaland bid?
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Chelsea are reportedly set to table a £135m offer for Erling Braut Haaland, which could tempt Borussia Dortmund into selling their star striker.

Chelsea are reportedly ready to test Borussia Dortmund's resolve by making a huge £135m offer for top target Erling Braut Haaland.

The Blues are rumoured to have made signing the Norway international their main priority for the remainder of the summer transfer window.

Haaland scored 41 goals in 41 appearances for BVB last season and is attracting interest from a number of other elite clubs across the continent.

A £68m release clause in Haaland's contract does not come into play until next year, meaning that Dortmund can still demand a huge fee for the prolific striker.

Chelsea are said to be prepared to match the Bundesliga club's valuation, with former Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft claiming that a nine-figure bid will soon be made.

"Chelsea have him as their main target," Fjortoft told ESPN. "They would like to test Dortmund with a fantasy offer.

"A fantasy offer will be around €150m (£135m) - double what they can get for him next summer."

Speaking last week, Haaland hinted that he is ready to spend the 2021-22 campaign with Dortmund, who are now managed by his former Red Bull Salzburg boss Marco Rose.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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