Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeneß is firmly assuming that top striker Robert Lewandowski, who is willing to emigrate, will stay with the German record champions.
“I don’t know anything about a new offer. The way things are in Munich, which I’ve heard in several conversations, Barcelona can actually save themselves further offers,” he said at the #neuland congress in Aachen.
The statements by those responsible that the Pole should fulfill his contract by 2023 are “unambiguous”. Hoeneß commented smugly that the Catalans, despite their high level of debt, are apparently ready to take on a large sum of millions for the world footballer: “Apparently they are financial artists who, despite this high debt burden, can still find a bank that will give them money to pay for such Representing things,” he said: “To be honest, I can’t really imagine it.”
According to media reports, Barca should offer a third offer of 40 million euros in poker for Lewandowski, plus performance-related bonus payments of up to five million euros. However, the Munich team is said to be demanding up to 60 million euros for their star striker, who is continuing to push his move despite a contract.
Hoeneß praises Salihamidzic for transfer policy
After the acclaimed transfer of the king from Sadio Mane, Hoeneß praised the work of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “Hasan has been very busy during the summer break,” he said. Even if the efforts of the German record champions are not over yet, he has the impression “that we are providing Julian Nagelsmann with a good team”.
The change of the Senegalese Mane from Liverpool FC to Munich had purely sporting reasons. “We’re not doing this to send out signals, we want to strengthen our team,” said Hoeneß. “When it became clear that something needed to be done, we were all excited.” There is “no one at Bayern Munich who doesn’t like the transfer”.
In addition to runners-up Borussia Dortmund, the 70-year-old sees Bayer Leverkusen and Leipzig as his main competitors for the championship. “I’ve always said that Dortmund were Bayern Munich’s biggest opponents and that will always be the case,” he said.
With a view to offensive star Serge Gnabry, who has still not extended his contract, which expires in 2023, Hoeneß tried to remain calm. “I know he has a very good offer from FC Bayern,” said Hoeneß: “Now it’s up to him to make a decision.”