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Oliver Kahn talks about negotiations with Erling Haaland and the search for a striker



Oliver Kahn talks about negotiations with Erling Haaland and the search for a striker

CEO Oliver Kahn spoke again about the negotiations with Erling Haaland last summer. He also admitted that Bayern Munich were missing a center forward at some stages this season.

Opposite of sports picture Kahn explained once again that a commitment from Haaland would have gone beyond the financial framework. The German record champions “tried everything” and “reached their limits,” he explained.

And further: “In the end we had to consider: Do we want to blow up the entire salary structure and thus get everything into trouble? We weren’t ready for that. That’s not Bayern-like.”

Instead, Sadio Mané and no equivalent replacement for Robert Lewandowski was signed. In the course of the season there had been sharp criticism for the squad planning. “Last summer we made the decision together to start this season with this squad, which also has a lot of players who can score goals,” explained Kahn.

Nevertheless, FCB are dealing with a late Lewandowski successor: “We have scored 83 goals in the Bundesliga so far, so we are at the top this season too, and that shows that our current squad can score a lot of goals. However, we have them We’ve already drawn eight times this season, which is unusual for FC Bayern. We sometimes lacked the power, especially in tight games.”

Unlike Haaland around a year ago, Bayern would have to pay a significantly higher transfer fee for the striker candidates traded. The Norwegian had a comparatively low exit clause (60 million euros) in the contract with Borussia Dortmund.

For Randal Kolo Muani or Victor Osimhen, on the other hand, the 100 million euro mark has to be cracked. “With such sums, FC Bayern has to ask itself: Does the player give you a guarantee for this money? That would definitely be a big risk,” said Kahn.