Karl-Heinz Rummenigge estimates that FC Bayern wouldn’t stand a chance at Erling Haaland. The salary could not be raised by a Bundesliga club. He also reveals that Franck Ribery could have left the club very early for a lot of money.
Almost every football fan and functionary assumes that Erling Haaland will leave BVB next summer. Then the young Norwegian played for black and yellow for two and a half years and made important steps in his development. His release clause will enable him to make the expected move to a very big club.
But that will probably not be FC Bayern. The German record champions would deal with the striker, as Hasan Salihamidzic explained a few weeks ago. But an obligation does not seem realistic. And that’s because of the salary, not the transfer fee.
This is how Karl-Heinz Rummenigge assesses the situation. “We will see a real auction where the one who offers him the highest salary will get it, as the transfer fee is already set in the contract,” he said in an interview with the Spanish AS off (via onefootball).
And the former CEO also gave his Munich team a quasi-rejection: “I don’t think a Bundesliga team can afford that, not even Bayern.” Too high the long-term costs due to salary and bonuses. Especially since Haaland’s advisor Mino Raiola is likely to want to negotiate a very lucrative deal. There was last talk of a claim of over 50 million euros a year. In addition, Raiola wants to collect around 40 million euros as a commission.
Despite these numbers, Rummenigge also believes that a Haaland change will be inevitable in 2022. This summer Dortmund had shown the will and the ability to keep such an exceptional player. “I know Hans-Joachim Watzke and I know that he stands by his word. He said he wouldn’t sell him, and he did,” said Rummenigge. But it will not stay that way: “But it will be very difficult to keep Haaland in the Bundesliga through 2022, because then a release clause should come into force.”
“He’s always scoring goals and the clubs are already lining up to convince him and his agent,” said the 65-year-old. A competition that the Munich-based company will in all probability hardly be able to get involved in.
Rummenigge also commented on another person in the AS-Interview – namely to Franck Ribery. The 38-year-old, who has now joined US Salernitana in Serie A, joined FCB in the summer of 2007. At that time, 30 million euros were transferred to Olympique Marseille.
A very decent amount for this time. And at the same time one that could easily have been brought back in after just a year. Rummenigge recalled: “We were offered 75 million euros for Ribery, at that time he would have broken all records with it.” Real Madrid was the prospect.
At that time they sat down and discussed the topic. However, it was decided “that we would not sell for this money or more”. The plan was clear: “Our intention was to show the world that Bayern is not a club that sells players. That was a clear signal, both to the clubs and to our players […]that contracts are signed here in order to be kept. “