There is a harmonious relationship between Bayern Munich’s front office personnel, which is now spearheaded by Oliver Kahn. He’s already implemented new initiatives in efforts to maximize the club’s growth and sustainability, but he also has his sights set on bettering the club’s financial situation that was greatly effected by the coronavirus pandemic. While Bayern might’ve been far better off than a great deal of “lesser” clubs from a financial standpoint, they were still effected and it skewed the transfer business during the transfer windows.
It has been Hasan Salihamidzic’s responsibility to oversee Bayern’s transfer policies since he became the club’s sporting director. He’s brought in a bevy of prominent transfers like Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, and Marcel Sabitzer. He did have disagreements with former manager Hansi Flick regarding transfer targets, but he has a solid working relationship with Kahn. Even with the healthy working relationship, though, Kahn is starting to put the pressure on Brazzo.
Per a new report from Sport Bild (via Tz), Kahn really wants to see strong financial gains from the upcoming transfer windows. Bayern has not had an easy time trying to sell players recently and there’s a handful of players in the squad that are prime candidates to be offloaded. They want to avoid situations like what happened with David Alaba, who wound up joining Real Madrid on a free transfer during the summer transfer window. Bouna Sarr, Michael Cuisance, Corentin Tolisso, and perhaps even Niklas Sule are all potentially contenders to be sold by net summer, and Kahn would like to see a decent profit from whoever does wind up getting sold.
Since he’s been sporting director, Brazzo has sold a total of nine players, bringing in a total of 160 million Euros, but the market value of the players sold was closer to 230 million euros. Kahn wants that to change. Under his watch, selling a player of Thiago Alcantara’s caliber to Liverpool for 22 million euros would not happen. He wants to see good returns for value in the upcoming windows and also wants to be able to free up some of the fringe players so Bayern doesn’t have to keep paying their wages.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have already signed contract extensions and both Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry are soon expected to follow suit. Sule and Coman both have upcoming expiring contracts and negotiations for renewals are proving to be a challenge. For both of those players, if they were to be sold at some point in the near future, it would have to be for worthwhile fees for Bayern’s sake. For Brazzo, while he’s not entirely working alone, the pressure is on him to yield strong gains in the next transfer windows.