Bay­ern won’t join trans­fer bid­ding war ‘mad­ness’: Hoe­ness

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Bay­ern Mu­nich will not en­ter into a bid­ding war for star foot­ballers, the Ger­man cham­pi­ons’ boss Uli Hoe­ness said, de­scrib­ing sky­rock­et­ing trans­fer prices as “mad­ness”.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 mil­lion eu­ros, I don’t want to join in such mad­ness. That’s some­thing that we will refuse to­tally at Bay­ern,” Hoe­ness told AFP’s sports sub­sidiary SID in Sin­ga­pore, where the club is on tour for ex­hi­bi­tion matches.

The five-time Cham­pi­ons League win­ner is even will­ing to lower its am­bi­tions. Hoe­ness said the Bun­desliga gi­ant “could not set as a goal” a vic­tory at the Cham­pi­ons League as long as “such mad­ness is grip­ping the trans­fer mar­ket”.

“Our goal is to be Ger­man league cham­pi­ons and to go as far as pos­si­ble in the Ger­man Cup. And to play in the Cham­pi­ons League. We are among the three, four best teams in Europe and any of these three, four teams can win the Cham­pi­ons League,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Paris Sain­tGer­main is seek­ing to poach Brazil­ian for­ward Ney­mar from FC Barcelona for 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($256 mil­lion). Real Madrid re­port­edly has a deal in prin­ci­ple to buy French at­tacker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 mil­lion eu­ros.

The record trans­fer fees have been bankrolled by sky-high tele­vi­sion rights, and a grow­ing ap­petite in emerg­ing leagues in­clud­ing China which are seek­ing to lure stars away with spec­tac­u­lar sums.

In com­par­i­son, Bay­ern has been con­ser­va­tive in the trans­fer mar­ket. Among new­com­ers are James Ro­driguez, who has ar­rived on loan with a buy op­tion. The club has also re­cruited 22-year-old French mid­fielder Corentin Tolisso for 47.5 mil­lion eu­ros, bonus in­cluded.

Hoe­ness sounded a warn­ing against a back­lash if the in­fla­tion­ary trend con­tin­ued in the trans­fer mar­ket. “I won­der if spec­ta­tors will ac­cept this in the long-term and man­agers too should ask if all this is rea­son­able,” noted the Bay­ern boss on the side­lines of an SAP event.

Hoe­ness added that the club would un­veil the name of its new sport di­rec­tor “in com­ing weeks” to fill the post left va­cant af­ter Mathias Sam­mer de­parted a year ago. Ger­man me­dia re­port that for­mer Dutch in­ter­na­tional Mark van Bom­mel and ex-star at­tacker for Ger­many, Miroslav Klose, are likely can­di­dates. —AFP

SIN­GA­PORE: Bay­ern Mu­nich play­ers warm up dur­ing their of­fi­cial train­ing ses­sion in Sin­ga­pore yes­ter­day, ahead of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup foot­ball match be­tween Bay­ern Mu­nich and In­ter Mi­lan to­day. — AFP

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