Chelsea 'frustrated in Erling Haaland transfer race' after sanctions stop them making big-money move for striker

CHELSEA have been left frustrated that the sanctions placed on the club have restricted their transfer pursuit of Erling Haaland.

The Blues were hit when owner Roman Abramovich was identified to have ties with Russia President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine.

Although the club were granted a special licence to continue their fixtures, they are unable to sign any players until a takeover is completed.

Now ESPN claim that a Chelsea source has revealed to them their anger and frustration that those sanctions have squandered their attempt to land Haaland.

And the 21-year-old now seems set to join Manchester City.

The Premier League side looked at Haaland last summer but were told by Dortmund they were keeping him for at least another season.

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The Blues instead signed £97.5m flop Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge once the transfer window reopens if they can recoup the majority of that cash outlay.

However, a replacement would need to be found and they feel it may be too late to make a move for Haaland.

City have allegedly already agreed terms with the Norwegian hotshot.

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And even though Chelsea wanted to as well, the ongoing ownership situation has prevented them.

Boss Thomas Tuchel even admitted his frustration last week.

Discussing a normal season, he said: “We would have some targets and we would have for sure contacted some players and found out about their situations [but] our hands are tied.”

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