Spox journalist Kerry Hau detailed what happened with two of the most persistent rumors of the late spring and why Bayern Munich did not end up with two of players it was closely linked to.
Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez and Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi were two players whose names were consistently floated as Bayern Munich targets. Neither player, however, was ever realistic due to financial constraints. Vazquez’s salary demands were too high, while the transfer fee for Hakimi was not in the budget for the Bavarians:
- RV: Mit #LucasVázquez war man im Frühjahr sehr weit, der Spieler wollte aber zu viel Gehalt. Mit #Hakimi gab es wegen des teuren Gesamtpakets erst gar keine ernsthaften Gespräche, obwohl der Spieler einer Rückkehr nach DE nicht abgeneigt gewesen wäre - jetzt geht's zu #PSG.— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) July 1, 2021
With #LucasVázquez we were very far along in the spring, but the player wanted too much salary. There were no serious talks with #Hakimi because of the expensive overall package, although the player would not have been averse to a return to DE — now he’s going to #PSG.
Vazquez ultimately re-signed with Real Madrid, while Hakimi looks to be set for a move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could be the second defensive impact player to join the club this summer. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is also reportedly slated for a move to France as well.