Saudi Arabia’s summer of talent acquisition has turned heads as they hoover up stars from Europe’s top teams. From Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mané to seemingly all of Chelsea FC’s castoffs, it’s been a major reshaping of the league where Cristiano Ronaldo now plys his trade.
Per a new report, Mané wasn’t the only player they tried to acquire from Bayern. From Tz’s Philipp Kessler and Manuel Bonke on Twitter:
Kingsley #Coman had offers from two of the Saudi Pro League’s Big 4 teams: around €65m and €45m net per year on contracts until 2026. The #FCBayern star immediately declined. Even for 100 million currently not an issue for him. Clear & strong statement! @mano_bonke
Is this for real? Those aren’t transfer fees — they’re annual contract figures, and net. “Even for €100m”, Coman — who has a contract until 2027 at Bayern — apparently wouldn’t budge. And it’s just as well. Of course, the difference between Coman and Mané for the Bavarians is the bosses wanted to keep one and wanted to move out the other, for a variety of reasons.
But the talented Frenchman, now 27 and entering his ninth season in Munich, is prized by both the front office and manager Thomas Tuchel. And at Bayern, he has the chance to go out and win another Champions League.