THOMAS TUCHEL has given Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland a transfer deadline before pursuing other targets, according to reports.
The Chelsea boss wants the Norwegian wonderkid to lead the line next season.
The Blues are just one of a handful of top European giants preparing to scrap for his signature.
Chelsea were believed to be one of the frontrunners to sign the 20-year-old with reports claiming the club had already agreed personal terms with the striker.
But Tuchel is eager to get the deal over the line sooner rather than later ahead of the new season.
Football London write how Tuchel has set a deadline to help put pressure on Dortmund to cash in.
The Bundesliga club are desperate to hold on to their talisman for one more year, especially after letting Jadon Sancho join Manchester United.
It is understood Dortmund have set a £150m price tag on the forward, but the Blues see an offer of £135m more preferable.
Haaland has a £65m release clause come into play next year but if he remains at Dortmund, it will spark an even bigger transfer pursuit.
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Chelsea are also looking to make space in their squad with AC Milan in talks to sign Frenchman Giroud.
Tammy Abraham is also up for grabs if Chelsea receive an offer in the region of £40m.
Chelsea have also been linked with a return for Romelu Lukaku and Italian Andrea Belotti.
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