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Lothar Matthaus believes Bayern can’t sign Erling Haaland until Robert Lewandowski retires

Robert Lewandowski und Erling Haaland
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Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus believes his former club are the “only step” for Erling Haaland, but the Borussia Dortmund star can only make the switch to the Allianz Arena once Robert Lewandowski retires.

A number of high-profile clubs are interested in signing the talented 20-year-old, including LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United.

And Matthaus admitted Haaland could follow in Lewandowski’s footsteps by swapping Dortmund for Munich.

He told Sport 1: “Haaland is already on the list of top clubs, right at the top as a striker. At Real Madrid, because with Karim Benzema they have a player of a certain age. His father has already played in the Premier League. That could be interesting too.

“He will not serve Borussia Dortmund for life. He’ll look for bigger clubs, he’ll get a higher income. If he stays in the Bundesliga, there is only one step for him: FC Bayern.”

“Haaland could succeed Lewandowski at Bayern”

Matthaus added on Haaland’s potential: “With Kylian Mbappe he can follow in the footsteps of the other great world footballers of the last 13 or 14 years.

“He could succeed Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich in two or three years if Lewandowski should think about the end of his career. But, Lewandowski is currently in form, Haaland too and as long as Lewandowski is playing for Bayern, I don’t think Haaland will come, because they will not be able to play with a Haaland-Lewandowski double because they would take away each other’s strengths.

“Bayern will not think about selling Lewandowski. He will end his great career in Munich. Only when Lewandowski is no longer with Bayern will the place for Haaland in Munich be freed up.”

Haaland has been on fire since joining Dortmund last January. He has scored 43 goals in as many competitions, while also providing 10 assists.

He has a £63m release clause in his contract which means he could leave BVB in 2022 if a potential suitor matches his asking fee. Recent reports claimed that interested clubs would have to fork out £78m to sign Haaland this summer.

As reported by the Daily Star, Haaland is reportedly demanding a contract that offers him a basic wage of £300,000-per-week. However, Dortmund are determined to keep the Norwegian at the club, at least until his contract wears out.