While Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is still in the periphery of Bayern Munich’s front office even after Oliver Kahn officially took over for him as the club’s CEO, he doesn’t want to interfere with transfer matters at the club. Like former club president Uli Hoeness, he holds a seat on the club’s supervisory board and is still involved in some of the decision making processes at certain capacities, but Kahn has made it very clear since he’s taken over as CEO that both he and Herbert Hainer will be absorbing more power. His “FC Bayern Ahead” initiative has already seen a tilt in power, resulting in the resignation of Jorg Wacker, who oversaw the club’s internationalization efforts for nearly a decade.
For now, Rummenigge doesn’t want to step on any toes in terms of Bayern’s transfer business. With Niklas Sule’s future still uncertain at the club, Bayern had been linked with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, but he’s since signaled that he’s not thinking about a move away from Stamford Bridge. When Rummenigge was specifically asked about the Rudiger links, he replied by taking a back seat on transfers altogether (az). “I don’t want to get involved in any FC Bayern transfer matters. They’ll already know what they’re doing,” he said.
Even with uncertainty surrounding Sule’s contract at Bayerrn, having brought in Dayot Upamceano from RB Leipzig has already helped sure up Julian Nagelsmann’s back line. It’s an area of the pitch that Rummenigge feels Bayern is already well covered in. “He’s (Upamecano) been doing very well so far. Then there would be Niklas Süle and the two French Lucas Hernandez and Tanguy Nianzou. You have to wait and see what happens in the personnel matter with Süle, whose contract is about to expire. But I think: Bayern Munich don’t have to worry about their defense,” he explained.
Even though Rummenigge is now taking a more passive role towards Bayern’s transfer strategies, the club’s supervisory board still has the authority to veto transfers that exceed a certain fee. Both Hoeness and Rummeingge have been critical of the recent over-inflation of the transfer market in the past and have made it very clear that ludicrous, astronomical transfer fees are not consistent with Bayern’s core values, where Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic would certainly agree, possessing the Bayern DNA themselves. For that reason, it’s likely that Bayern’s transfer strategies and policies won’t drastically change even with Kahn absorbing more power and taking on more responsibility.