Bayern won't be able to afford Haaland, admits former CEO

Stefan Bienkowski
Erling Haaland ‘respectful’ of Dortmund’s decision not to sell him this summer

Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that the German club will be priced out of a move for Erling Haaland next summer.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has been in tremendous form this season, bagging no less than eight goals and four assists in his first six games.

Despite constant speculation to the contrary, Haaland ended up staying put in Germany this season but is expected to pick his next move from a number of potential suitors at the end of the season.

Although the Norway international has a contract with Dortmund that is set to run until 2024, reports in Germany have confirmed that he has a release clause of €75 million.

However, despite the relatively low asking price, Rummenigge believes a smaller transfer fee will only lead to a huge inflation in proposed salaries.

And as such, his former club Bayern will be unable to rival the deep pockets of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United.

"I don't think that will be acceptable for any club in the Bundesliga, not even for Bayern," said the former boss in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS.

"He doesn't stop scoring and clubs are already queuing up to convince him and his advisor.

“We will see a real auction. The one who offers the most salary will win the bid."

Haaland will likely be too expensive for Bayern to sign next summer

Haaland will likely be too expensive for Bayern to sign next summer

Where will Haaland end up?

Despite reports in England linking him with a move to Man City or Chelsea for much of the year, Real Madrid remain the favourites for Haaland’s signature.

Remarkably, despite bidding for Kylian Mbappe just a few months ago, reports in Spain have suggested that the Spanish giants already have an agreement in place with Dortmund and the player himself.

However, it remains to be seen how Madrid could possibly afford to sign Mbappe and Haaland in the same window.