The summer transfer window has now come and gone and Jerome Boateng is still a Bayern Munich player. The center-back had been heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain for most of the summer, but negotiations between the two clubs never fully materialized.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has now retrospectively come out and said that PSG did not seem serious enough in their pursuit of the 29-year-old. Salihamidzic, along with both Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummeigge, was put off by the negotiating tactics of PSG sporting director Antero Henrique, who apparently never followed through on submitting an official offer for over €50m in fear of breaking financial fair play rules (via tz):
The tactics from the other side were funny. I don’t want to offend anyone, I’m just saying that you can not do that kind of thing with Bayern Munich, especially when it comes to such a player
On the other side of the coin, PSG apparently anticipated that Bayern would be willing to reduce their asking price for Boateng on the pretext that the center-back had his heart set on moving to the French capital.
Interesting @julienwolffwelt exclusive. Jerome Boateng "definitely wants to move to PSG" who have offered the previously agreed €40m transfer fee. But Bayern have suddenly moved the goalposts to €50m. https://t.co/hgWkeaB60P— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) August 30, 2018
Additionally, despite how PSG may feel about the situation, Salihamidzic said that Boateng also felt the negotiating tactics from the Parisians were bizarre, which put him off from wanting to push a move through:
We had a few conversations, but Jerome felt as much as we did that the other side’s tactics were odd. The circumstances didn’t fit.
Brazzo summit it all up in one parting shot: I don’t want to insult anyone; I’ll only say that you can’t do such things with Bayern Munich. Especially when it concerns such a player [as Boateng].”