Erling Haaland’s wage demands and his agent Mino Raiola are two potential barriers to Chelsea signing the Norwegian striker, according to reports.
Chelsea are said to be keen to buy Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, as are Manchester City and Manchester United.
But The Sun on Sunday suggests he will not come cheap and that Chelsea might also have reservations about dealing with Raiola.
It follows reports that some clubs are not keen to deal with Raiola, who has established himself as one of the game’s most prominent agents.
The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are ready to spend again this summer and that bringing in a striker and central defender will be the club’s two top priorities.
The newspaper have linked the Blues with 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate but say they face competition from Manchester United, who are also said to be interested in him.
As for Haaland, his performances in Germany mean his market value is likely to increase even more over the coming months.
Chelsea are said to have cooled their interest in the likes of David Alaba and Dayot Upamecano because of the wages signing them would have been involved.
So it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to push the boat out to bring in Haaland, who has long been tipped to move to the Premier League.