Remember when times were good? Remember when stadiums were full? Remember when Bayern Munich had money? Oh, we were so green back then. We could’ve bought anyone, given them anything they wanted. Now? After the departure of David Alaba, Bayern are struggling to extend Kingsley Coman.
Per Sport1, Uli Hoeness has gone on the record saying that the club will not budge on exorbitant salary demands. On the topic of Coman, he said, “I can only point out that the player still has a two-year contract. We will see everything else. Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic will sort it out. They have the support of the supervisory board with Herbert Hainer. We also managed the Alaba affair well together.”
Bringing up Alaba obviously doesn’t bode well for the Frenchman’s continued stay at Bayern. Coman recently hired Pini Zahavi to be his agent, the same man who tried (and failed) to take Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid, and tried (and succeeded) in taking Alaba out of the club.
It’s clear from media reports that Coman wants more money, and he’s using Leroy Sane’s huge salary as a benchmark. Unfortunately, the pandemic means that Bayern simply do not have that kind of money to go around anymore. This was apparent in the Alaba saga, which Hoeness touched upon.
“We were simply not ready to pay the price asked for him [Alaba],” said the former Bayern president. While he may not be in charge anymore, Hoeness’ opinion still carried weight at the club. This is the closest thing to an official position we’ll ever get.
“This will also be the case in the future,” he continued. “If prices are called that cannot be displayed, then there will be no contract extension with FC Bayern. I have the feeling that the business aspects are not given sufficient consideration by some journalists.”
Obviously, if you’re Kingsley Coman, you’re packing your bags after hearing that. Manchester United and Chelsea are both reportedly interested in the Frenchman, and he could fetch up to €60 million on the open market. We’ll always remember Coman for his goal in the Champions League final last year, but maybe the time has come to sell him.