Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed the Bundesliga champions are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The lethal striker has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this transfer window but they have opted to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
Salihamidzic has said that Bayern would be “amateurs” to not go after Haaland, who is available for around £150million this summer.
However, the 21-year-old has a clause in his contract that will be activated next year, making him available for around half that price.
Salihamidzic told German TV channel Sport1: “This is a top player that probably the whole world wants. Of course we are looking there. Otherwise, we would be complete amateurs.”
“He wants to achieve something with this team – and I don’t have the feeling at all that he wants away.”
As well as Chelsea and Bayern, Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Norweigan.
Madrid reportedly want to ‘avoid complications’ surrounding a bid to land Haaland next summer by signing him now, according to AS (via Sport Witness).
Madrid are worried about a transfer war for Haaland next summer, with the report claiming ‘even Man United can fight’ for the striker, who’s previously worked under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.
The player’s agent Mino Raiola is ‘still a supporter’ of his client leaving Dortmund in the current window and the possibility of Madrid going after the 21-year-old is ‘so real’ that they have already signed Donyell Malen.
Haaland himself has played down rumours of a move away from Dortmund this summer.
“I don’t really have much to say about this,” Haaland said. “I have three years left on my contract and I’m enjoying my time here (at Dortmund).
“Before yesterday, I didn’t speak to my agent in one month – I think you have the answer there.
“I don’t really care too much about that. It’s a lot of money – I hope it’s just rumours to be honest because that’s a lot of money for a person!”