There is no doubt that all Arsenal fans were hoping that Alexis Sanchez would be going to Bayern Munich rather than our rivals Manchester City, but that now looks like a distant dream as the Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has now made it clear that the German giants are focusing on buying the best youngsters in the world rather than veterans like Alexis.
“Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich’s future must be shaped,” Hoeness was quoted as saying. “And then Bayern does exactly that – signs young players between 20 and 22 – and is criticised once again.”
“But you can’t build a new team with €100 million 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.”
“I fully support what’s been done so far – it’s highly satisfactory and it all makes sense,” Hoeness said. “Sule, Rudy, Gnabry and Tolisso are players with huge potential for the future.
“As chairman of the supervisory board I’m very pleased with our transfer policy up until now because it was implemented with great care.
“I said that if we wanted to strengthen this team then we had to buy the very best players. And to get them is difficult enough. In no way was I saying we would do this.
“I only wanted to point out that we have a very good team and if you want to strengthen, you have to spend a huge amount of money and you still don’t have any guarantee of winning the Champions League.
“If we wanted to buy our way to the Champions League title, we would have to throw a lot of money at it. I don’t think anything at all of alibi signings, we’ve spoken about this internally.”
Well I don’t think that you can get much clearer than that. Bayern are now officially out of the race to sign Sanchez, so it looks like the bookies have been right all along about Man City being near certainties to nab our superstar. I think that the best we can hope for now is that we get Aguero in return….