Bayern Munich will not pay crazy money for players this summer, according to their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The club will not break any transfer records in their search to sign players this summer. Bayern’s club-record transfer outlay was the 40 million euros spent for Javi Martinez two years ago and that would have to be smashed if they were to succeed in luring a player like Paul Pogba to the Bundesliga.
The German champions have been strongly linked with a move for Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria, though given the Argentinian cost United £59.7m last summer and the fact he recently confirmed he will stay at Old Trafford next season, the transfer to Munich doesn’t seem to be going ahead.
Rummenigge insisting they are not going to be bidding ridiculous sums for players. “Bayern Munich are definitely not going to buy any player for 100 million euros,” he said.
Rummenigge did not want to mention who his clubs targets are, meanwhile, saying “experience tells me that when you do that, the players become anything but cheap”, although the record German champions do want some new players this summer to strengthen their squad further.
Bayern would have at least needed to match United’s outlay for Di Maria, while other players like Paul Pogba could end up transferred across Europe this summer for up to 100 million euros. Such a fee seems crazy money to Rummenigge, who insists that while the club are targeting players they will not spend over the odds.
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Europe in 2007 to play for Benfica, earning a €25 million move to Real Madrid three years later. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million. While Pogba was described by his former club Manchester United as a “powerful, skilful, and creative” player who has “an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular”.
“The fact is we do want quality and we will do certain things. But the transfer window has only just opened and we already have a high-quality squad. Of course the coach is involved intensively in all our transfer considerations. At the end of the day, it is he who has to work with the players.”
Bayern won the Bundesliga last season, though failed to add any other silverware after being beaten in the last four of both the DFB Pokal and Champions League.