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Bayern Munich’s bosses are more closely aligned on transfers than it seems

Although chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeneß have made seemingly contradictory statements about Bayern’s transfer policy, they both may be saying the same thing.

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A few days back we found out that Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeneß stand poles apart in their opinions about the summer transfer window. Rummenigge thinks that it is necessary to bring in more players, no matter how much it costs, in order to stay competitive outside of the Bundesliga. While speaking to Bild, he said that the club is willing to eventually spend 80, or even 90, million Euros to fetch more players.

We don’t have a limit. If we absolutely want to get a player, and he costs €80 or €90 million, we’ll have to jump sometime or other. Whether we jump this year or next, I don’t know. But we will jump sometime.

Contrarily, Uli Hoeneß prefer polishing the existing squad than making new additions:

We need one or two players to deliver their best performances in the important games and not (only) when playing against weak opponents. We’ll work on that. The task now is to induce our players to play better than yesterday (DFB cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt). We don’t have to do very much. Only minor tweaks are lacking.

Is the addition of Leon Goretzka enough to help elevate this Bayern Munich squad to greater heights?
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With two of the executives refuting each other’s statements, Bayern’s summer transfer possibilities are looking vague. Apparently, Hoeneß isn’t ready to spend much, if any, money on new transfers this season because he thinks that the arrival of Leon Goretzka and the return of loanees (Serge Gnabry and Renato Sanches) will be sufficient for a smooth run in the upcoming season.

Given that, Uli might be considering keeping few of the players who are rumored to be transferring out of the club. Although both the opinions sound dissimilar; for all we know, there still exists the possibility that both Bayern leaders are trying to convey the same thing. Rummenige’s statement sounds subtle, and he did not say that Bayern will be inking a mega transfer this summer, nor did Uli rule anything out for the transfer window. Perhaps, Bayern may be looking forward to signing someone for a big amount, namely Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, after the 2018/19 season. Uli was explicit about it—being himself, so to speak—while KHR took the long way to express the same idea. Regardless, Die Roten’s record transfer might or might not be broken anytime soon.

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