Bayern Munich ‘s Lewandowski blues and other news, as told by Uli Hoeneß

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Bayern Munich could have gotten atleast €150 million for Lewandowski: Uli Hoeneß 

Bayern President Uli Hoeneß has stated that club could have sold the Polish international Robert Lewandowski for €150 million earlier in the summer had they made adequate preparations for his departure. The player whose goal-scoring ability last season made numerous bettors and bookies place bets online, dropped the bombshell earlier in the summer through his agent that he wanted to leave the club. The Bavarian giants however stood their ground to keep the player.“We always had control of Robert, but we didn’t have any control of his agent,” Hoeneß said to Sky Sports. “He [Zahavi] tried four or five times to get an appointment with [CEO] Karl-Heinz [Rummenigge], [sporting director] Hasan [Salihamidzic] and I, but we didn’t give him one”. “I let him know that I only have time for him from 14:30pm onwards on Sept. 2.”

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Hoeneß hinted that the former Dortmund center forward was heavily in the headlines with Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United all making a move for his signatures. Lewandowski only had an agreement with his agent Zahavi till end of the month. “If Robert Lewandowski can free himself of the large burden of his agent and fully concentrate on Bayern, he is the best new signing in the history of Bayern Munich,” he said. “We could have taken a fee of up to €150m this summer.”

However Sky Sports reports that the Polish star has extended his contract with Zahavi till 2020. Hoeneß in his response has dismissed FIFA financial fair-play rules saying: “You can throw FFP in the bin — it’s not worth anything. You can get around it so easily”. “Even if we had €500m, we wouldn’t pay €200m for a player. Nobody is worth this amount”. “It’s always said: ‘How can we get past Bayern?’ If we bought €400m worth of players, no one can get past us. If we bought Cristiano Ronaldo, we would be not 25 but 35 points ahead.”

Germany international Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy looks set for a move away from the club as the transfer window draws to its closing stages, The President said. “If Paris [Saint-Germain] pays accordingly, Boateng can leave, but we would only loan Boateng with a definite option to buy,” he said. “But we would also be happy if he stays.”

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Hoeneß also hinted at the fate of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery at the club. The Bavarian giant’s President stressed that veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery will have to accept less playing time after the duo recently signed a one year contract extension with the club. “They have to understand that they will no longer play in every game,” he said. “That also formed part of our contract negotiations, and they are both well aware of this.”

Bayern continues to refurbish their new team to the demands of new boss Niko Kovac. Kovac recently replaced veteran manager Heynckes and currently has his sight set on the continental trophy. Kovac has had a very positive heart to heart with Lewandowski after a disappointing World Cup and the forward has been in great spirits since. Lewandowski looked his usual menacing self against Frankfurt with a cool hat-trick, toying with veteran defenders Makoto Hasebe and David Abraham in the process. The Argentine’s frustrations boiled over into several dirty fouls and gave Lewy a black eye in the process, though perhaps this was just a rematch of the 2016 “fight”. At any rate, Lewy was the clear winner on the night and looks in fine form for the upcoming season, where Bayern are the prohibitive favorites, at least as much as the striker is to take home “die Torjagerkanone” or top scoring award once again.

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