Bayern Munich board members Uli Hoeneß and Oliver Kahn sat down for an extensive interview with Sport1 and addressed one of the hottest transfer topics related to the club: A pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
When the subject was brought up, Hoeneß immediate pointed the direction of the conversation to the clubs tenuous financial situation.
“How should we finance that? Would you rather go into the abyss and become champions at any cost? We will never do that,” Hoeneß said. “We have a starting position (Editor’s note: financially) that we haven’t had in 50 years. I think many still haven’t really grasped that: Corona is a situation that our society has never had before. A virus like this is an invisible enemy. And no one knows if it will come back. We can’t take any risks.”
Kahn backed up Hoeneß in re-stating that the a year-and-a-half with a limited revenue stream has taken its toll on the club.
“I don’t think people have realized that yet,” said Kahn. “We have to get our financial strength back. And maybe now, in the crisis, we have the chance to seriously think about a salary cap. If a cap on salaries were to come in and Financial Fair Play were to be tightened up, then the conditions would be different again. But for the moment, we have to keep our heads down.”
Hoeneß and Kahn shifting the discussion solely to the club’s finances was interesting. Certainly, the Bavarians are not going to fork over a nine-figure sum to Borussia Dortmund this summer, but next summer — after the club has a year to improve its financial strength and the ability to capitalize on Halland’s rumored release clause — could represent a different story.
Regardless, Bayern Munich fans should not expect any big transfers this summer.