Robert Lewandowski heaps praise on ‘hungry’ Erling Haaland as Bayern Munich marksman claims Dortmund hotshot can become ‘the best striker in the world’ amid scramble among Europe’s elite to land £154m man this summer
- Robert Lewandowski has hailed Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland
- The 20-year-old has onset a scramble for his signature thanks to his displays
- Barcelona, Madrid, Man City, United and Chelsea are all in the mix to sign him
- Lewandowski, 32, says Haaland can become ‘the best striker in the world’
- Agent Mino Raiola has visited potential suitors interested in the £154m man
Robert Lewandowski has claimed that Erling Haaland can become ‘the best striker in the world’ as Bayern Munich’s goalscoring machine hailed Borussia Dortmund’s ‘hungry’ hotshot.
Haaland, 20, has emerged as one of world football’s most sought after talents as a result of sensational displays for former club RB Salzburg and Bundesliga side Dortmund.
The Norwegian striker has scored 33 goals in 33 games for BVB this campaign and as such has onset a scramble across European football’s elite to land the marksman, priced at £154m, this summer.
Robert Lewandowski has heaped praise on ‘hungry’ Erling Haaland amid the transfer scramble
The 20-year-old has bagged 33 goals in 33 games and is highly sought after this summer
Super-agent Mino Raiola was last week spotted visiting Barcelona and Real Madrid alongside Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling’s father, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all in the mix to land the sensation.
And Lewandowski has heaped praise on Haaland, insisting that the youngster’s performances are helping drive him on to score more goals for the all-conquering Germans.
‘He’s a great player. He has huge potential and he’s still very young,’ the Bayern Munich forward told CBS Sports on Paramount + via The Mirror.
Bayern hitman Lewandowski (L) said Haaland (R) has ‘great potential’ and could be ‘the best’
The Pole added that he compares himself with Haaland and helps him play at his highest level
‘If I see his face and how hungry he is to score goals. In the future, he has a chance to be the best striker in the world, for sure.
‘But sometimes when everything is going well, it’s really not easy. But if you see him, he has scored so many goals and he’s so young.
‘It’s great to play in the Bundesliga and it’s great to see a young player in this league and compare.
‘He is the player who can be the best, but I want to play at the highest for many more years, so I am happy to be there where I am.’
Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, last week visited Spain to listen to potential suitors for the star
Haaland’s father Alfie (L) accompanied Raiola as they visited Barcelona and Real Madrid
Lewandowski’s remarks will surely be well received by Haaland. The Pole has been the best footballer on the planet the past 12 months and was harshly deprived of the Ballon d’Or, with the award cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 32-year-old has scored 42 goals in 36 games, and last month served Haaland a reminder that he remains the best striker in the Bundesliga after bagging a hat trick against Dortmund. Haaland could not match that tally, but scored twice as BVB lost 4-2.
The 20-year-old had the chance to scope out a potential suitor this week as the Germans visited Manchester to take on Pep Guardiola’s City in the Champions League.
Clubs will reportedly have to stump up £154m to prise Haaland from Dortmund this summer
City are believed to be strongly linked with the Norwegian as they search for a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero, although Guardiola last week insisted that the club do not have the funds to meet Haaland’s price tag.
Elsewhere, Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has insisted that the club do not need to sell their star man this summer, despite the exploits of Raiola.
‘I don’t see the need to set deadlines at the moment [for transfers],’ Zorc said on Thursday. ‘With Erling Haaland, we have a clear stance, which we have communicated to the parties involved.’