Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently explained why his club has not made — and will not make — a move for Anthony Martial this summer.
What started out as a bit of a dull transfer window has quickly become an exciting one for Bayern Munich fans. Since announcing the signing of Alphonso Davies last week, the Bavarians have gone one to negotiate exits for two big name players.
The first man who looks set to make his Bayern exit is Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. The box-to-box star initially looked ready to join Italian side Inter Milan. However, Barcelona intervened at the last minute and are now favorites to sign Vidal. A deal could even be completed as early as tomorrow.
Another player seemingly near an exit from the club is Jerome Boateng. Several reports have emerged throughout the last few days claiming the German has agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain, who are in advanced negotiations with Bayern Munich over the specifics of a transfer.
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But PSG aren’t the only club interested in Boateng. English giants Manchester United have also expressed interest in the center-back.
The Red Devils apparently tried to use Anthony Martial as a makeweight in their offer for the German international, but Bayern refused their offer. Why? Because the club has no interest in signing the young Frenchman this summer.
That’s according to club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who explained in a recent interview with Bild (via Sport) why his club has no need for Martial.
“We have four wingers: Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. And Alphonso Davies will also join in January. You must not overdo it, like some clubs do, or you create a problem for the coach.”
Kalle believes Bayern’s four wingers, who will become five in January, are enough for the club to compete in multiple competitions this season.
Normally, it’d be easy to agree with this sentiment. Five players competing for two spots in the starting XI is healthy competition. However, when four out of those five players have proven to be injury prone, and two of them are on the wrong side of 30, things become more complicated.
What really foiled this transfer is likely United’s asking price for Martial and the Frenchman’s own wage demands. The Bayern board’s reluctance to splash some cash in this transfer window could come back to haunt them toward the end of this season when the club enters into its seemingly perennial injury crisis.