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Reported Mats Hummels transfer fee was “too high”

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One of the best things about Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is that he’s blunt.

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When Bayern Munich signed Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, there was a little hand-wringing from supporters about the size of the transfer fee. Reports at the time said that Bayern paid Dortmund €35 million for Hummels. However, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has now responded to the claim.

During the press conference introducing Mats Hummels (and Renato Sanches), the question about Bayern spending so much for a player with only one more year remaining on his contract came up. Rummenigge answered with a straight-to-the-point answer like he normally does.

“I have heard this sum before. This sum is too high. It's wrong.”

Rummenigge didn’t elaborate beyond that, but as we’ve come to see over the years, transfer fees are usually exaggerated by “sources” in the media.

With that said, the total money owed to Dortmund for the Hummels transfer could approach the €35 million mark depending on any and all potential add-on fees associated. Usually those add-on fees involve being in the running for the Ballon d’Or and winning the UEFA Champions League.

If Bayern end the season with the Champions League trophy, I’m sure they won’t mind sending that extra money to Dortmund.