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Besiktas, Lille, and Olympiacos all wanted Bayern Munich’s Bouna Sarr

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According to Tz journalist Philipp Kessler, there were three clubs pursuing Bayern Munich deep reserve Bouna Sarr during the summer transfer window.

Per Kessler, Besiktas, Lille, and Olympiacos FC were all interested in bringing in Sarr, but the Frenchman wanted to stay with Bayern Munich to “fight” for his spot. Previous reports indicated that Sarr did not want to take a pay cut, which led to him staying in Bavaria:

#Sarr had inquiries from @Besiktas, @losclive and @olympiacosfc. The right-back quickly made it clear that he was the #FCBayern don’t want to leave. He wants to keep fighting for his place in Munich.#FCBTransfersommer @mano_bonke

How much fighting Sarr does remains to be seen. The 29-year-old is likely the fifth-choice selection at right-back these days behind Benjamin Pavard, Josip Stanisic, Niklas Süle, and Joshua Kimmich.

Besiktas, Lille, and Olympiacos could have all offered Sarr more playing time, but it is likely that none of them were willing to take on Sarr’s full salary.