Now that the summer transfer window is closed and football clubs can drop their negotiation faces, stories are emerging bout Jerome Boateng’s failed transfer. After Hasan Salihamdzic recently criticized Paris Saint-Germain’s antics in the transfer window, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has come out with scathing remarks about Antero Henrique, the Parisian club’s sporting director.
Speaking to kicker (as captured by Eurosport Deutschland) Hoeness did not mince words:
I’d advise Paris to replace their sporting director. This man is no advertisement for this club. If PSG wants to be a world club, the club cannot afford to have such a sporting director.
The Boateng transfer saga — which lasted virtually the entire window and ended in failure, seems to have left a bad taste in the mouths of the Bayern Munich management. Reportedly, PSG’s negotiation tactics were ... less than conventional, leading to confusion and frustration on the part of the selling side. Bayern wanted 50m euros, and Paris offered 38m, and then ... we’re not quite sure.
Presumably, PSG continued to “low ball” the club, leading to the inevitable collapse of the transfer. Henrique reportedly also missed several key deadlines, and his short-lived attempt at negotiating a fee for Renato Sanches, only to drop it at the eleventh hour, must have ruffled some feathers. Aside from the war of words, there may be other fallout from this. Paris may find it much more difficult to do business with the Bavarians and other similarly big clubs in the future.
Perhaps, now that both players have chosen to stay in Munich, the people in charge of Paris Saint-Germain might learn a little lesson in humility and competence.