Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested they beat Manchester United to the signing of Renato Sanches because they were quicker at closing the deal.
Man United had scouted the 18-year-old over 20 times during the course of the campaign and reports surfaced suggesting the club were close to agreeing a £46 million deal with Benfica.
Sanches ended up leaving Benfica for Bayern and fans were furious with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for letting another young exciting prospect slip through his fingers.
Speaking about the transfer, Rummenigge insists Sanches would be at Old Trafford if they hadn’t put in a transfer request.
“If the Sanches transfer not taken place so quickly, he would have ended up in England,” he said.
“The boy also had an offer from Manchester United, and if the transfer not taken place so quickly, he would have ended up in England.
“The transfer fees will continue to rise. But above all the salaries, which is the much bigger problem for the Bundesliga. The players now know exactly what is earned in Spain and in Italy, and, unfortunately, especially in England.”
Given the links of Jose Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes with Ed woodward, many united fans expected him to sign a contract at Old Trafford but it looks like he’ll play at the Allianz Arena from the start of the 2016/17 season and become the fourth most-expensive teenage signing in the history of world football.
We were favourites to sign him but it clearly didn’t work out that way, United have been indecisive over the last few summers and hopefully with Mourinho coming in we can attract some world-class talent to play at Old Trafford.
United chiefs may try to pin the blame on van Gaal, suggesting he pulled the plug on their chase for the youngster, but it looks like they were just trying to save face and have missed out on an extraordinary young prospect.