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Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer not optimistic any big transfers will happen this summer

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With the signings of Dayot Upamecano and Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich ate up most of its available transfer budget.

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In a recent interview with Bayern Munich club magazine “51”, club president Herbert Hainer indicated that the likelihood of a big transfer happening this summer was not good.

“People should not underestimate the effects of Corona, even if we have been able to make ends meet comparatively well up to now, there will be considerable abrasion marks on us,” Hainer said. “With the exception of Dayot Upamecano, no more large transfers are possible with us this summer. We signed Omar Richards and seven players are returning who were on loan. The aim is to strengthen the squad across the board. However, the quality is so high that we don’t need any further top transfers for it. The mix is ​​right.”

Some Bayern Munich fans might take umbrage with that last assertion as the team’s depth has been in question for over a year now. For Hainer, however, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the squad planning for nearly all clubs.

“So far we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, and that won’t be caught up in twelve months. When I am currently hearing some transfer rumors and sums again, I seriously ask myself how the clubs want to finance this, especially since many are burdened with high mountains of debt,” Hainer said. “It urgently needs to be more sensible. It cannot go on in such a way that many constantly live beyond their means.”

When Bayern Munich is finally ready to start discussing big transfer again, Hainer said it will be a team effort.

“Basically, we all make decisions together. So I find it unfair for criticism to focus on a single person,” Hainer said regarding some of the criticism levied at sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic. “In addition, it has to be said that this squad has won seven titles in the past 18 months, more than ever — and that with exciting football. That speaks very clearly in favor of the transfer policy and the sporting management.”