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Roman Abramovich 'determined to sign Erling Braut Haaland this summer'

Abramovich 'determined to sign Haaland this summer'
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly makes Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland his primary transfer target.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly ready to make Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland his primary target this summer.

The Norwegian sensation has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga, with the Blues along with Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all believed to be interested in his services.

The Daily Star reports that Chelsea are determined to sign Haaland this summer ahead of their European rivals, and Abramovich has told head coach Thomas Tuchel that the club will make a strong push for the 20-year-old if they qualify for the Champions League.

The youngster is understood to have a release clause in his current contract worth around £65m, which can be triggered in June 2022.

However, the Blues hope to steal a march on their rivals by going for Haaland this summer and are prepared to make an offer that Dortmund would find difficult to refuse.

The German outfit would likely ask for around £100m this summer if they are prepared to sell the striker, who only joined the club in January 2020.

Haaland has made 30 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign, scoring 31 goals and providing eight assists.

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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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