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Chelsea have turned down the transfer of Erling Haaland after scouts raised concerns.

Chelsea decided against Erling Haaland's transfer after scouts raised concerns.

The Norwegian striker has agreed to a move to Manchester City (Images: Getty)

Chelsea were studying the possibility of signing new Manchester City striker Erling Haaland but scouts reportedly raised concerns about his style of play.

The Norway international will join Etihad in the summer after the Premier League champions announced they have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund, with City agreeing to pay his release clause.

A host of European giants had been eyeing the Haaland signing, including Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​as well as City’s bitter rivals Manchester United.

Chelsea decided against Erling Haaland's transfer after scouts raised concerns.

Haaland has been pursued by most of Europe’s elite clubs (Image: Getty)

Chelsea were also interested and had been eyeing a deal before signing Romelu Lukaku last summer, although Dortmund were adamant he would not be sold, having already lost Jadon Sancho in that window.

now ESPN claim Chelsea are reluctant to join the race to sign Haaland this time around as the club’s scouts had hinted he might struggle to adapt to the Premier League.

There was a feeling that the explosive and powerful Haaland was benefiting from the space he was given in the Bundesliga, something he would lack in the more compact Premier League.

Bundesliga defenders typically play with much higher defensive lines, while Premier League teams play much deeper – especially when playing against ball-dominating players like City and Chelsea.

Interestingly, Chelsea weren’t the only club concerned about spending so much money on a Haaland deal; Although the release clause is only around £51million, taking into account the contract fee, agent fee and bonuses, the total outlay is closer to nine figures.

Chelsea decided against Erling Haaland's transfer after scouts raised concerns.

Haaland has remained productive this season despite multiple injury woes (Getty)

The ESPN report also claims that Barcelona had their own reservations about signing Haaland, although instead of having concerns about his playing style, they felt his personality and character could be an issue.

Real Madrid were also concerned about his injury record – he has missed a number of games this season with various muscle problems – but still pursued his signature until February.

After a successful year at Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland joined Dortmund in 2019 and has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for the club in all competitions and comes to City as one of the most exciting young players in world football.

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