In an interview with Bild am Sonntag (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), agent Volker Struth gave some inside details on two of his most prominent deals with Bayern Munich.
Back in 2013, Toni Kroos was considering leaving Bayern Munich for Real Madrid, but did offer the Bavarians a chance to up their offer. In fact, according to Struth, Kroos even gave Bayern Munich a number to match — which, of course, the club did not.
Struth said that Bayern Munich offered Kroos €6.5 million, but the midfielder would not accept less than €10 million. Pep Guardiola even told Kroos he wanted him to stay, but to no avail. Kroos took the money and ran to Madrid — and rightfully so.
The kicker of the story was Uli Hoeneß telling Kroos that “You’re never getting €10 million here!”
In Struth’s most recent dealing with Bayern Munich, things also got complicated. Struth and the club agreed to a deal for Julian Nagelsmann, but there was a hitch after everything was agreed upon. Once the final agreement was set, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic called Struth and said the transfer fee was going to be too high and asked if Nagelsmann could reduce his wages. Nagelsmann eventually agreed to a 15% reduction.
Struth knew early on that Bayern Munich was serious about Nagelsmann, though. The club had called Struth the day after Hansi Flick informed the club he was leaving to express its interest in Nagelsmann.