Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, according to the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic – putting Manchester City and Chelsea on red alert.
Haaland scored 42 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season, and the in-demand hot shot picked up where he left off with a hat-trick against Wehen Wiesbaden in the German Cup on Saturday.
His latest treble took his tally to 60 goals in 60 matches for the Bundesliga club, who look set to keep hold of him for another season, despite interest from City, Chelsea – and Bayern.
After the the game, Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl reiterated the club's long-held position that Haaland is going nowhere this summer.
Asked if the 21-year-old forward could leave before the end of the transfer window, he said: "No! What scenario would that be? We have clearly committed ourselves [to keeping Haaland].
"Erling feels super comfortable with us, he wants to achieve something with this team, and I don't have the feeling at all that he wants to leave."
But new comments from Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic hint that the Bundesliga champions will be looking at the striker when his £68million release clause becomes active next summer.
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"This is a top player who the whole world probably wants," said Salihamidzic, quoted by Sport1.
"Of course we are looking at him. Otherwise we would be complete amateurs."
Dortmund's reluctance to sell Haaland this summer has led to his suitors – including Chelsea and City – turning their attention to other options.
Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for the club's former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, while City remain keen on prising Harry Kane away from Tottenham.
If both of those deals come off, it could leave Haaland short of options next summer, putting Bayern in pole position to steal another player away from their Bundesliga rivals.
Bayern have persuaded more than a few players to swap Westfalenstadion for the Allianz Arena, most notably Robert Lewandowski, who made the switch in 2014.
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