Manchester City could well be the new frontrunners in the chase for Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez after Bayern Munich appeared to distance themselves from the Chilean superstar.
But when Bayern president Uli Hoeness was asked about transfers this week, he suggested that buying younger talent is a more appropriate long-term policy for a club with an ageing team than spending big money on new players of Sanchez’s age, who are closer to 29 and 30.
“Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich’s future must be shaped. And then Bayern does exactly that – signs young players between 20 and 22 – and is criticised once again,” Hoeness is reported to have told Kicker in Germany.
“But you can’t build a new team with €100m transfers for 29 and 30-year-olds. That isn’t a policy. Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don’t go down this road.”