Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that one or two defensive players could leave the club this summer besides David Alaba.
|Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.||Photo: Michael Lucan/CC-by-SA 3.0|
With the signing of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, Bayern München have already brought in a replacement for David Alaba, who confirmed in February that he will be departing the club on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
However, Alaba might not be only player to leave Bayern this summer, according to club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has admitted that one or two defenders could be heading for the exit door in addition to the Austrian international.
"We didn't buy Upamecano to make him our big-name signing, but out of necessity," Rummenigge said in an interview with The Athletic and added:
"We will see David Alaba leave and perhaps one or two more defensive players, too. We wanted to get the best quality available on the market for that important position — that's Upamecano.
"Beyond that, we will have to be sensible and clever. Everyone I talk to wants to reduce their payroll (because of COVID-19). That also applies to Bayern. Transfer fees went down by 50 per cent last season, which was good, but the wages haven't adjusted downward accordingly.
"We find that players and their agents are not happy to renew under existing conditions but want more. It'll be an interesting transfer market. It'll be instructive to see whether the best players will have the upper hand in that regard."
Kicker has previously reported that Bayern will not be offering a new deal to Jerome Boateng, who is out of contract this summer, while Niklas Süle has been linked with a move away from the club as well.