Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic from FC Bayern has commented on the negotiations with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo about a possible transfer. He emphasized that economic and sporting reasons had led to the multiple world footballer not signing up at Säbener Straße.
Salihamidzic explained in the picture on sunday: “We talked about Ronaldo. But I told Jorge Mendes (Ronaldo’s adviser at the time, ed.) It’s not feasible for us. The overall package doesn’t fit FC Bayern financially or sportingly. It still doesn’t fit to our philosophy and squad formation.”
Bavaria’s sports director left it open whether it was about a transfer last summer or this winter. Salihamidzic also said: “Even if we occasionally have the opportunity to bring a top player into the Bundesliga, we have to work out exactly how we can refinance it.”
Ronaldo was still under contract with Manchester United in mid-2022, but was already unsuccessfully trying to change. FC Bayern, who were about to lose Robert Lewandowski to Barça, were considered a possible new club for the Portuguese. However, Ronaldo remained at United before his headline-grabbing interview in November finally led to his early departure. After the World Cup in Qatar, the 38-year-old joined Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
Bayern play against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday evening and are trying to get their first win in their fourth Bundesliga game after the winter break. CR7 and Al-Nassr take on Al Wahda in the Saudi Pro League on Thursday (9 February).