Bayern Munich will not be joining the clamour of European clubs for signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer. A raid on the young star seems unlikely as Bayern quit the Haaland race because of his ridiculous €600m fee.
Former Bayern defender Markus Babbel opines that those at the Allianz Arena simply cannot afford the striker from their arch-rivals BVB.
Indeed, Babbel claims only Premier League clubs can afford such a steep price.
Speaking in association with Euro 2020 betting platform Unikrn, Babbel told Goal: “The only country that can buy Haaland at the moment is England, they have a different kind of money.”
Bayern Quit the Haaland Race Because of His Ridiculous €600m Fee
Bayern Munich simply cannot entertain a deal for Erling Haaland, with his astronomical asking price, says Markus Babbel.
After all, reports say that a transfer package for signing Haaland may cost any suitor up to €600 million (£517m/$733m).
That figure includes any fee required to prise the prolific frontman from his current position as a Borussia Dortmund striker.
The fee is also inclusive of the steep payments that Haaland’s ‘super-agent’ Mino Raiola has demanded for himself.
And finally, a long-term contract would also entail a lucrative salary for the forward, of course.
As such, per Babbel, Bayern have no shot at Haaland: “There is no chance that Bayern could get him because you would have to spend between €140m and €180m. Bayern can’t do it. The whole package is too expensive.”
He goes on to talk about the high demands of Haaland’s representative.
“Raiola, he is not the cheapest agent in the world, he wants to have good money as well. If you pay so much money, he has to be the best-paid player in the squad,” he reasoned.
“The whole package is like €500-600m and Bayern is not in the situation at the moment to do it,” he concluded.
Plus, Bayern already have a lot on their wage bill. After Hansi Flick’s announcement to retire, Bayern signed RB Leipzig’s young coach Julian Nagelsmann.
And the 33-year-old didn’t come cheap. In fact, Bayern have broken the world record for a manager’s transfer fee after agreeing to Leipzig’s €25-million demand.
Lewandowski vs Haaland
Despite being the leaders of Bundesliga and German football, Bayern cannot confidently replace current number nine Robert Lewandowski with Haaland.
Nor, Babbel says, would they want to: “Bayern is so happy with Robert Lewandowski. Haaland is a massive talent but there are 12 years in between and Lewandowski has more experience and is still 100 per cent fit. He knows the club, he knows the pressure and he can handle it. I can’t believe that Bayern would change Lewandowski with Haaland.”