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Bayern Munich eye Erling Haaland as Robert Lewandowski replacement

Tom Gott
Erling Haaland is a wanted man
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Bayern Munich are prepared to push for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland if they find themselves needing to replace Robert Lewandowski next summer.

Lewandowski remains the best striker on the planet but, having been open to leaving Bayern before the current campaign began, he is expected to be targeted by a handful of sides in 2022, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain among those linked.

Should the Pole leave, Bayern would want a statement signing to replace him, and Sport Bild claim those in charge at the Allianz Arena have discussed making Haaland the heir to Lewandowski's throne.

Bayern have not held any formal talks but have been exploring just how expensive a deal for Haaland would be.

On top of his release clause, which sits at about £65m, Bayern believe they would also have to shell out £25m in annual wages, at least another £25m to agent Mino Raiola and then another payment to Haaland's father, Alf-Inge, on top of that.

It's accepted that City and PSG would be able to hand Haaland more money if they pursued him over Lewandowski, but Bayern hope that a willingness to remain in Germany could boost their chances of signing the 21-year-old.

Interestingly, Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who left for Bayern in 2016 before returning three years later, recently confessed that he has warned Haaland that 'the grass is not always greener' when leaving Westfalenstadion.

"You need to be aware of that in football, a good environment and feeling comfortable with your team plays a big role in success," he said. "You have to appreciate that that is not the case in every club. We have a lot to offer Erling.

"It is generally very important for players to know what they have at the clubs they're at, and what can change if you go somewhere else. Personally, I ruled out many changes for myself early on when I know that the type of football, the other manager or the setup of the team was not promising to me.

"I can fully understand if [Haaland] wants to stay, because it's great at Dortmund. He knows what he's got here, but everyone has to see for themselves what they are happiest with."