Bayern Munich held talks with Dortmund striker Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is set to be on the move in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Norwegian striker’s release clause in the contract at Borussia Dortmund is set to be active in the summer. Along with several top clubs in Europe, Bayern Munich has also been linked with a move for the young and explosive forward.
Haaland has endured a frustrating campaign at Dortmund due to injuries. He was spotted in Munich for treatment of his injury back in March. Bild has recently revealed that Haaland indeed met Hasan Salihamidzic during his stay in Munich.
Despite the talks with Bayern’s sporting director, it is highly unlikely that Haaland will be moving to Bavaria in the summer. The Norwegian forward has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City. Salihamidzic probably spoke to Haaland to gauge the interest of the player in joining Die Roten. He had publicly declared Die Roten’s interest in the young forward at the start of the season.
Even though the sporting project at Rekordmeister would have been attractive for Haaland, the deal to bring him to Bavaria wouldn’t have been economically feasible for the club. The young striker will command big wages, while the agent fee and other commissions in the transfer will make it a huge financial outlay.
The Bavarian club is currently focussing on keeping Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the club. Barcelona is moving ahead with their plans to sign Lewandowski.
Die Roten would have sanctioned Lewandowski’s departure without hesitance if they had secured the signing of Haaland. The Norwegian striker is the next big thing in European football, so he would have been a very good replacement for the Polish striker. Haaland’s scoring record at Dortmund is outstanding after seamlessly adapting to the Bundesliga since arriving from RB Salzburg in 2020.
Meanwhile, Rekordmeister has been linked with two former Bundesliga strikers. The Bavarian club has shown interest in Ajax forward Sebastian Haller, while Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic is also under consideration. As things stand, one of these strikers arriving in Bavaria is much more realistic than Die Roten completing a deal for Haaland.
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In terms of new arrivals, the Bavarian club continues to work on the deals to sign Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui. The negotiations with Ajax are yet to be completed for the former, while the latter is set to reject Barcelona to join Die Roten on a free transfer when the season comes to an end.