Bayern Munich will NOT take a step for Erling Haaland because they have the “world’s best footballer” in Robert Lewandowski, says CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge … and gives City, United and Chelsea an important boost in the pursuit
- Bayern Munich does not pursue Erling Haaland, says Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
- The CEO of the Bavarian team thinks they already have the best striker in the world
- Haaland is a man in demand this summer for super form at Borussia Dortmund
Erling Haaland will not move to Bayern Munich this summer, as the Bundesliga champions already have the best striker in the world in Robert Lewandowski, said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
After his successful performances at Borussia Dortmund in German football and in the entire Champions League, the 20-year-old Haaland is the most sought-after striker in European football.
But while the road from Dortmund to Bavaria is one that many of Haaland’s predecessors have made, Rummenigge insists the Norwegian won’t head east while Lewandowski is at the club.
Erling Haaland will not move to Bayern Munich this summer, confirmed CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Rummenigge said Robert Lewandowski will stay at the top of his game and lead the Bayern line
“I don’t know where the rumors come from,” Rummenigge told the German outlet picture.
“I can only say one thing: we have the world’s best footballer in this position. Robert Lewandowski has a contract until 2023. ‘
Haaland is 12 years younger than the Polish international, but despite the setback, Rummenigge insisted Lewandowski be at his peak.
“As I said, world footballer Robert Lewandowski is well on the way to surpassing Gerd Müller’s benchmark of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season,” he added.
“He is at the height of his career.”
They are the two outstanding players in German football, but Lewandowski (left) is 12 years older
Haaland has an impressive 25 goals and an assist in 25 Bundesliga games and 10 out of six goals in the Champions League this season.
In contrast, Lewandowski has 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga games and six assists.
News of Bavaria’s lack of interest in pursuing Haaland is a welcome boost to its numerous applicants – including Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Sportsmail understands that City made him their main target this summer as a striker is needed following news of Sergio Aguero’s departure.
The Norwegian international, whose father Alfie worked for City for three years, will face his suitors in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.
Lewandowski has scored 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga games this season and has his eye on the Ballon d’Or
Guardiola’s fragile relationship with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola is not believed to have had any impact on City’s prosecution. Raiola suggested Tuesday that he closed the book on her public disagreement.
Before Haaland and Agent Raiola joined Dortmund in January 2020, they turned down the chance to reunite the player with his former Molde boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
United will return to Haaland this summer but will face a much tougher battle this time.
Haaland has a £ 90m buyout clause which can only be activated if the fee is paid in one installment.