Uli Hoeness Alludes to ‘Major Change’ at Bayern But Adds Club Won’t Exceed €80m on Further Transfers

?Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said the club won’t exceed the €80m paid for Lucas Hernandez on a single transfer this summer. 

Bayern chiefs have previously been critical of other clubs’ spending, yet broke their transfer record to bring World Cup winner Hernandez in from Atletico Madrid following a mixed season. Niko Kovac’s side claimed a seventh straight Bundesliga title this campaign, but exited the Champions League in the round of 16 following a passive showing against Liverpool and failed to convince at times.

As reported by Goal, Hoeness told reporters after the final day victory over Eintracht Frankfurt: “We are not playing Monopoly here, but a football club.

“We have reached a limit of 80 million and I do not think it will be exceeded on further transfers.”

While ?Bayern may not exceed the outlay on a single player, the Bavarians will still look to bring in further recruits this summer. Legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both played their last game for Bayern against Eintracht, meaning reinforcements are needed in the wide areas. The club are also not expected to make James Rodriguez’s loan move permanent.

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Hoeness added: “There will be a major change, which will be further promoted. We have already brought two or three players and will certainly not stop changing the team, and we will be back in action after the match.

“If Hasan [Salihamidzic] and Karl-Heinz [Rummenigge] have good suggestions, we will not oppose it in the supervisory board.”

The club have already brought in Hernandez’s France teammate Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart after a €35m transfer was agreed in January. 

Benjamin Pavard

Bayern have also been linked with a number of targets further up the pitch as they seek to reinvigorate an ageing squad. Niko Kovac’s side are thought to be keen on Lille forward ?Nicolas Pepe, while links to Manchester City winger ?Leroy Sane have also emerged in recent weeks following the German’s struggle to get into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI.

The ?Bundesliga champions also hold a long-standing interest in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who is entering the final year of his contract. However, agreeing on a fee with Leipzig has proven difficult and Bayern may wait to sign him on a free next summer. ?Liverpool are also reportedly interested in a move for the German international.

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Niko Kovac Admits He’s ‘Exhausted’ After Making History With Bayern’s Seventh Straight Bundesliga

?Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? was full of praise for his side’s title-winning performance against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, a game which saw Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben score in their last ever league game for the club.

Kingsley Coman scored early on in the match but Bayern were pegged back when substitute Sébastien Haller scored for the visitors.

Conceding helped give Bayern Munich the kick up the backside that they needed and spurred David Alaba and Renato Sanches to put the game to bed, before Ribéry and Robben rounded off the scoring at the Allianz Arena.

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Kova?, who has now become just the second person to ever win the Meisterschale as both a player and a manager at Bayern, was full of praise for his side but admitted that he already has his eyes on next week’s DFB-Pokal final against RB Leipzig.

I’d like to thank my team and our fans, we’ve achieved great things,” Kova? said, quoted by the club’s official website. “We were nine points adrift in autumn, so warm congratulations to my lads. I’m completely happy but also exhausted, and I hope we can build on it next week. 

“Before the match, I heard that only the great Kaiser [Franz Beckenbauer] has won the championship title here as both player and coach, but that’s only a side note. 

I’d like to congratulate Eintracht on qualifying for the Europa League. Emotions are part of football, that’s what makes football beautiful, so I’d like to thank the fans. We knew [Frankfurt] needed every point, and we also knew Dortmund were in front at half time. 

“We were glad when we restored the lead, and then, in light of Frankfurt’s exhausting season, it was clear we’d get space, and we used it very well.”

Bayern Munich’s appearance in next week’s final against RB Leipzig will be a shot at winning their first domestic cup since 2016.

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Bayern Munich 5-1 Frankfurt: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Dominant Champions Retain Bundesliga

?Bayern Munich have secured a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to their 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on an emotional final day of the season.

Borussia Dormtund’s 2-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach ensured that Bayern had to pick up all three points to avoid leaving the title race up to goal difference.

And it took Bayern Munich less than four minutes to break the deadlock at the Allianz Arena, with Kingsley Coman kick-starting their title party by finding acres of space before sending a cool finish past an in-form Kevin Trapp.

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After seeing some shots kept out of the back of the net, Gnabry finally found a way past Frankfurt’s goalkeeper but his stunning left-footed effort was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for an earlier offside.

Bayern Munich were made to pay for their missed chances in the first half when half-time substitute Sébastien Haller levelled the scoreline just five minutes after the break.

But within the blink of an eye David Alaba restored the hosts’ lead after goalkeeper Trapp fumbled Thomas Müller’s long-range effort, allowing the Austrian to poke the ball into an empty net from six yards out.

Their lead was doubled soon after when Renato Sanches fired a shot past Trapp from close range to open his account in the Bundesliga, all but securing all three points and the league title in the process.

Substitutes Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben then crowned their last ever game at the Allianz Arena with a goal apiece in the closing stages of the match, with the former’s proving to be the pick of the bunch on Saturday.


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Key Talking Point

All the pressure was on Bayern Munich’s shoulders ahead of kick-off but the Bavarian giants shrugged that aside to put in an outstanding performance against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Reds have at times been European football’s example of ‘if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen’ and often rely on late goals to get out of sticky situations.

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They scored with their first chance of the match and had it not been for some heroics from Kevin Trapp, they would have been four of five clear by half-time.

It hasn’t always been vintage Bayern Munich this season, but being crowned as champions and the manner in which they went about it shows exactly why Niko Kova? should be given another shot in the dugout next season.


Player Ratings

Ulreich (6), Kimmich (7), Süle (6), Hummels (8), Alaba (7); Thiago (8), Goretzka (6); Gnabry (8), Müller (7), Coman (8), Lewandowski (7).

Substitutes: Sanches (8), Ribéry (10*), Robben (10*).


STAR MAN – Franck Ribéry & Arjen Robben

In terms of on the pitch, there were a couple of players who proved to be the difference makers against Eintracht Frankfurt.

But the biggest cheers from the stands were reserved for the introductions of Bayern Munich’s iconic duo Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, who – along with defender Rafinha – were playing their last ever league game for the club.

It was a fairytale at the Allianz Arena as both players got on the scoresheet, meaning that the adopted Bavarian legends are leaving the club with a combined 732 appearances to their name, having scored 268 goals and claimed 283 assists between them.


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Player Ratings

Trapp (8), Abraham (6), Hinteregger (7), Hasabe (5); da Costa (6), Ga?inovi? (6), de Guzman (5), Kosti? (6); Jovi? (6), Rebi? (7).

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Substitutes: Haller (7), Torró (6).


Looking Ahead

It might be the end of the Bundesliga season, but Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? will be looking to secure the domestic double when they take on RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal final next weekend.

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Bayern Munich Clinch Seventh Consecutive Bundesliga Title as Robben & Ribery Sign Off in Style

?Bayern Munich have won their seventh successive Bundesliga title after they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 on the final day of the season.

Heading into the game they knew that any points would earn them the crown, and they wrapped things up in style with a win in front of a packed Allianz Arena – thanks to goals from Kingsley Coman, David Alaba, Renato Sanches, Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben. 

For Ribery and Robben, who were both making their final appearances for the club, it was a sweet moment.

The win completed a remarkable turn around for ?Bayern, who in December found themselves a staggering nine points behind rivals ?Borussia Dortmund in the league standings.

However a collapse from Dortmund in the second half of their season coincided with Bayern losing just one game in 2019, helping the Bavarians claw back the deficit. They eventually overtook Lucien Favre’s men to reclaim top spot, and haven’t since looked back.

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There’ll no doubt be a number of moments Dortmund will look back on and think what could’ve been, most notably when they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing by Bayern – which ultimately gave Niko Kovac’s side the upper hand in the title race.

In the end Bayern’s class prevailed and they showed exactly why they’re champions as they picked up crucial results at important times, especially in the final few weeks of the season.

Niklas Sule’s 75th minute strike gave Bayern all three points in a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen on match day 30, with Serge Gnabry then snatching an equalising goal in their next game against Nurnberg with just 15 minutes remaining.

This was the first time since 2010 that the ?Bundesliga title was decided on the final day of the season, such has been Bayern’s dominance in recent years. 

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Now they can finally celebrate winning the title, but also have the chance to complete the double when they take on RB Leipzig in the German Cup final next Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola Insists Man City Want to Keep Contract Rebel Leroy Sane Amid Links With Bayern Munich

?Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is adamant the club want to keep hold of Germany international Leroy Sané next season.

The 23-year-old has been holding off on a new contract at Etihad Stadium despite being in talks with the club over an extension for 18 months, and Sané is increasingly being linked with a move away as he grows frustrated over a lack of playing time.

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But Guardiola insists that Manchester City are desperate to keep Sané next season, although the Catalan manager conceded that the decision could be taken out of their hands if the former Schalke winger pushes for more game time elsewhere.

With Leroy, we are one-and-a-half years trying to sign his new contract,” Guardiola said, quoted by The Mirror. “We want him – if you want to extend his contract, it’s because you want him. You’re not going to extend his contract because you don’t want him. It’s like [?lkay] Gündo?an, for example – it’s the same case.

“Some movements we have to do for next season, yes, because people want to leave and players want to play. They accept not playing for a [certain] period but when the period is long, it’s normal that they want to play more.”

Sané has spent the last three years at Manchester City and he’s gone on to make 132 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 39 goals and claiming 45 assists during that time.

He can lift a sixth piece of silverware with the club this weekend as City prepare to take on Watford in the FA Cup final, but some fear it could be Sané’s last game for the club as he continues to be linked with a move away.

Bayern Munich were heavily interested in Sané while he was on the books at Schalke and they’ve been tipped to reignite their interest to try and lure the Germany international away from the Premier League. 

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