Sources: Dortmund make up minds on signing £50m Chelsea star after Haaland player-plus-cash bid
Borussia Dortmund have rejected Timo Werner being included in a player-plus-cash Erling Haaland deal with Chelsea, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Champions League holders have made contact with their Bundesliga counterparts over a blockbuster move for Haaland, 20.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Dortmund have knocked back the chance to take Werner in exchange as part of the deal.
The Londoners are using the striker as a sweetener just a year after signing him from Leipzig in a near-£50million deal.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is willing to bankroll a blockbuster centre-forward move as he looks to build on last season’s Champions League triumph.
The club are working on deals for Haaland, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku and hope to get at least one over the finish line.
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Football Insider first revealed on 15 March that discussions had taken place about the possibility of offering Werner in part exchange for Haaland.
However, he struggled in his first season in England and found the net just 12 times in 52 appearances across all competitions.
Haaland had no such issue in front of goal last season and has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe.
The Norway international scored a remarkable 41 goals in 41 appearances last season, and also registered 12 assists.
The 2020 Golden Boy winner is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Europe.
Dortmund could be tempted into selling Haaland in this window, but only if they receive a bid considerably higher than his release clause which becomes active next summer.