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Rummenigge: Bayern can’t afford Haaland

Mon 13 September 2021 | 9:08

The Bayern legend believes the Dortmund striker will most likely leave Bundesliga.

Since his move to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020,

Erling Haaland

has established himself as one of the most promising young players in Europe. 

The Norwegian star, who has scored 65 goals in 65 matches for Dortmund, was heavily linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park before the summer transfer window. However, Dortmund officials stood firm in their intent to keep Haaland for another season, knowing the situation will most likely change with the activation of his release clause next summer.

With almost every elite club being interested in signing Haaland, former Bayern CEO

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

believes the Bavarian side will not take part in the bidding war to come.

He told 

AS

:

"I know Aki (Hans-Joachim Watzke) and I know he is a man of his word. He said they were not going to sell him and they didn't. 

"It will be very difficult, though, to retain him in the Bundesliga beyond 2022, at which point I understand that a termination clause enters into force. He does not stop scoring and clubs are already lining up to convince him and his agent. 

"We will see a real auction in which, taking into account that the amount for the transfer is already set in the contract, he will be taken by the club that offers the highest salary. I don't think it's possible for any Bundesliga club, not even Bayern."

There have been speculations around Robert Lewandowski’s potential departure from Bayern recently. Real Madrid have been linked with the Polish star for a long time, but Rummenigge denies any negotiations about a possible move. 

Asked about Florentino Perez’s interest in signing Lewandowski, the German legend responded:

"He never dropped his name in any of our conversations.

"He knows me very well and knows that a player like Lewandowski is not sold. 

"I always said that the two best signings I made in 30 years at the helm of Bayern were him and [Manuel] Neuer. The best at the back and the best at the top, without who recent successes would not have been possible."

Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has insisted his side will continue monitoring the transfer situation of Haaland.

“He's a top player, and I hear a great boy too. You look there, but he’s a Dortmund player.”

Salihamidzic said in an interview with Sport 1 in August.

“Sixty goals in 60 games. You have to look, otherwise we would be full amateurs."


source: SportMob