Haaland transfer race: Prem quartet boost as big rival drops out

Will Ford
Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund Man Utd

Bayern Munich will reportedly not make a move for Erling Haaland this summer.

Despite being able to afford the Norwegian striker, Bayern acknowledge that the timing isn’t right to make a move, according to Sport Bild.

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With Robert Lewandowski very much in the prime of his career, it’s thought that Bayern believe that Haaland would be frustrated at playing understudy.

Bayern’s lack of interest is good news for the Premier League clubs reportedly vying for his signature.

Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola claimed last month that four Premier League clubs – presumably Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool – have the wherewithal to sign his client, along with six other European clubs.

“It’s obvious that only maybe a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] from Dortmund so we can all fill in those clubs.

“And four of those clubs are in your beautiful country [England]. And you can fill them in, you can call them and ask ‘Would you be interested?’

“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘I am not interested’. It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?’”

With Bayern said to be out of the race, that leaves nine…