Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick admits he “can’t rule anything out” about the prospect of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland’s future signing.
Since arriving at Signal Iduna Park from Red Bull Salzburg at the end of 2019, Haaland has established himself as one of Europe’s top forwards, scoring 45 goals in 46 games in all competitions for the German club.
Haaland’s final strikes, his 18th and 19th Bundesliga goals of the campaign, came in the opening nine minutes at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as Dortmund led 2-0 away to Bayern Munich before ultimately losing 4 -2 to Der Klassiker.
The 20-year-old’s imperious form has seen him linked to some of the continent’s top clubs, including Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
“A lot is possible in life and you can’t rule it out. But it’s future music and he has a long-term contract at Dortmund,” Flick said. Sky Germany asked about the possibility of Bayern signing Haaland.
The Norwegian is under contract at Dortmund until June 2024, but is said to have a £ 66million (€ 76million) release clause that could be activated in the summer of 2022.
Flick admitted Bayern were interested in the forward who has been touted as a long-term replacement for 32-year-old Robert Lewandowski.
“He’s a player who is certainly a possibility for a lot of big clubs, who also think of him. That’s what sets him apart, of course,” Flick added.
“As for the future, we don’t all know. Things can move very, very quickly in football. That’s why I’m not really worried about it.”
Dortmund defeated Manchester United on signing Haaland in December 2019 after a move to Old Trafford failed despite the club sticking to their € 20million release clause. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently admitted that he is following his compatriot’s progress closely and believes Haaland will have a “fantastic” career.
Dortmund are sixth in the Bundesliga after losing to league leaders Bayern four points behind Champions League places.
They will face Sevilla in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday. Head coach Edin Terzic has said Haaland should be in good shape for the second leg after being substituted on Saturday following a blow to the ankle suffered in a collision with Bayern defender Jerome Boateng.
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“This is shaping up to be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, if not the years.
“Let’s not forget that Borussia Dortmund managed to get Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg for around £ 17million in January 2020.
“We understand the release clause is around € 75million, so around £ 66million, which will take effect in the summer of 2022. This means Dortmund can ask for whatever they want this summer.
“With that in mind, you wonder if a club that can afford Haaland is going to think to itself: can we blow everyone out of the water to make sure we have it this summer?”
“His agent Mino Raiola has said that four Premier League clubs would be interested in making a deal: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.”