Munich (AP) – After FC Bayern Munich’s final offensive on the transfer market, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic drew a positive conclusion and rejected criticism of the purchase policy.
Because of the “special circumstances” and the “difficult program” in the Corona period, people are “satisfied” in the Säbener Straße, summed up the manager of the record champions football in “Kicker”. Bayern had signed offensive players Douglas Costa and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, midfielder Marc Roca and defender Bouna Sarr in the last hours before the end of the transfer window.
Salihamidzic justified the fact that the deals took place so late and that Munich was running out of time by taking part in the top-class final tournament in Lisbon in August – where the title was celebrated. “We made everything secondary to the success of the Champions League tournament. We didn’t want to burden the team with rumors of players coming or going,” said the 43-year-old.
Before the four late new acquisitions, the Munich team had already perfected the additions of Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel and Tanguy Nianzou, “which some have already forgotten,” as Salihamidzic said.
Football experts such as former Bayern professionals Stefan Effenberg and Dietmar Hamann criticized the purchasing policy. Hamann rated Sarr – the backup for right-back Benjamin Pavard – as “probably the last resort”. Effenberg worked in a column mainly on the Costa return from Juventus Turin, recalling that the former Bayern president Hoeneß described the Brazilian after his departure in 2017 as a “quite a mercenary”, who “did not like the Munich character “. .
Salihamidzic, on the other hand, considered the newcomers suitable. “All parts must fit. Role insight, requirements profile and character of the candidates round off the sporting aspect,” he said. “We have thought carefully about each of these transfers.” The sports director contradicted rumors that the team had pushed for a commitment from Costa. “It’s a fairytale,” he said, making it clear: “Squad planning is not a matter for the team.”
The four new players come to the series championship without claiming any permanent places, the Bavarians were mainly looking for extra professionals and backups for the stars for an extremely intense season. It was always important for the indoor climate of the club that the reservists did not complain too much about the missing playing moments.
In addition, Salihamidzic said financial aspects were also important during the Corona period. “FC Bayern does not go into every madness.” For Bayern player Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea had reportedly struck a deal worth at least 77 million euros. The deal fell through.