Bayern Munich were willing to break the bank to sign Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland last summer, reports Georg Holzner.
The Kicker journalist claims the Bundesliga club were readying an offer worth €35 million per year for the Norwegian international.
However, Man City offered Haaland better financial terms and Bayern lost the race.
The 22-year-old left Borussia Dortmund last year, and several clubs were keen on him.
Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for the Signal Iduna Park club.
The incredible return caught Bayern’s attention. However, it came at a cost as they lost Robert Lewandowski.
Landing Haaland would have seen the Poland international play second fiddle to his younger counterpart.
Despite being 33 at the time, Lewandowski bagged 35 league goals to win the European Golden Shoe for the second season running.
He was far from finished, but Bayern were ready to pay Haaland far more than what they offered the Pole.
Lewandowski left the Allianz Arena after eight seasons to join Barcelona.
He has since scored 17 goals in 24 La Liga games and is top of the scoring charts.
Bayern brought in Sadio Mane as his replacement, but the Senegalese has struggled with injuries, which have affected his form.
Eric Choupo-Moting, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry have stepped up and bagged 30 Bundesliga goals between them.
Meanwhile, Haaland hit the ground running in the Premier League and has notched 30 goals in 27 games.