Kahn rules Bayern out of Haaland race over ‘unimaginable’ offer

Date published: Wednesday 12th May 2021 9:15 - Joe Williams

Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich’s future CEO Oliver Kahn claims it would be “unimaginable” for the club to pay €100m for Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is one of the hottest properties in world football after bagging 53 goals in 56 matches for the club since joining from RB Salzburg two seasons ago.

His amazing goalscoring form has led to a number of the top European clubs taking an interest in the Norway international, with the 20-year-old understood to be available for between €75m and €100m in the summer of 2022 depending on a number of performance-related variables.

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However, any club looking to purchase him this summer could have to spend €100m or even a lot more with Dortmund keen to hang onto him.

Kahn, who will succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO later this year, has completely ruled out a bid from Bayern if the asking price remains anywhere near €100m.

Kahn told BILD: “Sorry, whoever spoke about that didn’t understand the situation.

“A package that costs – as we heard – over €100m is unimaginable for FC Bayern at the moment.”

Bayern don’t particularly need a striker with Robert Lewandowski scoring a ridiculous 39 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.

On the Poland international, Kahn added: “Robert still has a two-year contract here. His performances cannot be questioned. He’s scored 39 goals [in the Bundesliga] so far!

“Just for that, we don’t have to think about Haaland today. Robert can keep this level for a few more years.”

Meanwhile, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola recently spoke about his client’s “obsession” with winning titles.

“Haaland is interested in two things: scoring goals, because he is like a Cristiano or a Ztalan, he has that positive obsession, and winning titles,” said Raiola. “And he will choose, surely, where those two things together happen more.

“It is very difficult to lie. When a club like Barcelona or Madrid arrives, with so much history and so great, it is difficult to say no.

“PSG is entering this group of greats, City is trying to get there, Juve has always been there. The championship they play also matters. PSG plays the worst league of the greats. Bayern are already in an attractive league, but we know that they always win it. In Spain there are three with options.”


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