Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly at the front of the pack aiming to sign Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland this summer.

Haaland's future has been the subject of intense speculation since he burst onto the scene with RB Salzburg last campaign.

A mid-season switch to Dortmund only accelerated his goalscoring form and he has plundered an astonishing 43 goals in 43 games for the Bundesliga club.

The 20-year-old has long been linked with a switch to the Premier League and a £75million release clause will come into force in 2022.

But Chelsea want to act this summer and will bid to sign Haaland as a statement of their ambition.

Haaland is one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe
Haaland is one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe

That's according to Eurosport , which claims there is growing confidence among Stamford Bridge chiefs of pulling off the deal.

They are keen to throw their weight behind manager Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market as they aim to bring the Premier League title back to west London.

A new striker is a priority area, as Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are not considered capable of leading the line for seasons to come.

The Norwegian averages a goal per game for Dortmund
The Norwegian averages a goal per game for Dortmund

Contact is believed to have been made with Haaland's agent, Mino Raiola, while TuttoMercato claims Tuchel will be given a £260million war chest this summer.

But Chelsea will face ardent competition from Manchester City in the race for Haaland's signature.

City have monitored the Norway international for many years and see him as the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero, who is out of contract this summer.

Earlier this week, super-agent Raiola claimed only four clubs in England would be able to succeed in bringing Haaland to the Premier League.

"Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you've been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England]," Raiola told BBC Sport .

Chelsea are believed to be confident they can offer the player the most attractive package of competing for titles domestically and in European competition.

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