In an interview with Kicker, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic discussed Bayern’s transfer window deals and targets for the season amongst many other topics.
Salihamidzic also discussed Robert Lewandowski’s transfer demands. The Polish superstar striker went on the record on several occasions to state that “two or three players would make a huge difference” for Bayern. What he meant by that was very clear: he wanted Bayern to make significant moves in the transfer market and sign some top notch players.
By acquiring Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho, and Michaël Cuisance, Brazzo has presumably delivered Lewandowski what he wanted. While Lewy may not said much about Cuisance, he has constantly praised Coutinho for being a world class player ever since he joined the Bavarians and also described Perisic as someone who “can help right away and even put pressure on other players on the roster” One can argue that signing Coutinho on loan and Perisic for a year with a purchase option was enough to convince Lewy to extend his contract until 2023.
When speaking of the Pole, Brazzo praised him for being “constantly world class.” But when discussing his transfer demands, Salihamidzic went on to say this,
I told him recently that he, please, should not worry about my job, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s job, or Uli Hoeness’ job — and definitely not in public. That is not his responsibility.
It sounds like an attempt to save face — a feeble one at that. While one can understand where Brazzo comes from, Lewandowski is well within his rights to make such demands.
After all, the club’s higher-ups inflated the expectations of fans and players alike by repeatedly saying that the recently closed transfer window would be the biggest in Bayern’s history. Those expectations, however, were nowhere near being met when Lewandowski last called for reinforcements.