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The race for Erling Haaland continues to heat up, with reports Borussia Dortmund are willing to release the wunderkind forward early. The 20-year-old Norway international has a £70m release clause in his contract that is set be activated in June 2022. However the Daily Star says the club would be willing to make Haaland available as early as the next transfer window – albeit with a mammoth asking price of up to £150m.

Chelsea are among a wealth of clubs chasing Haaland, but their pursuit could come at the expense of current striker Tammy Abraham. The Metro, citing The Athletic, reports the 23-year-old forward is unwilling to enter contract talks with the Blues as long as they are chasing Haaland’s signature.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde may be too expensive for Manchester United (PA via DPA)

The Daily Express says West Ham could face an uphill battle if they want to make Jesse Lingard‘s loan move permanent. The 28-year-old midfielder has been stellar for the Hammers since joining in January, with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers among those taking notice. The paper reports Leicester are preparing to make a move for Lingard at the end of the season, which could put the pressure on West Ham to fork out the cash if they want to keep him at London Stadium.

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Norwich are confident of selling Max Aarons (Adam Davy/PA)

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Manchester United will not extend Juan Mata’s contract (Paul Ellis/PA)

Dion Sanderson: Sunderland are gearing up to make a permanent move for the Wolves defender, according to the Daily Mail.

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