Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied rumours that the Bundesliga giants tried to sign Sandro Tonali before he joined Milan.
Tonali joined the Serie A leaders in the summer on a loan deal from Brescia. Rivals Inter were also touted with an interest in the youngster, but Stefano Pioli’s side pulled off an incredible coup to sign him.
A number of other top European clubs were also credited with an interest in the 20-year-old, with Brescia president Massimo Cellino confirming that he turned down a bid of €65m from Barcelona and a bid of €10m more from Manchester United just before he joined Milan.
Bayern Munich were also reportedly linked with Tonali, but Rummenigge has insisted that the club had no intentions of luring the player to Bavaria.
“We didn’t talk about him because I think that young players should stay in their own country for the first few years of their careers,” he said (h/t Calciomercato.com).
“When they go abroad too early, many are unable to settle down.”
Tonali has been slow to adapt to Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 system at Milan, but the midfielder has shown plenty of potential, which might prompt the Serie A club to trigger the option to buy him in the summer.
No new signings for Bayern this month
Hansi Flick also confirmed yesterday that Bayern will not make any signings during the January transfer window. He said during his press conference that there won’t be any additions to his squad until the end of the season.
”I don’t want any new players,” the Bayern boss said.
“We will be with this squad until the end of the season. We have a lot of quality. We have room for improvement, every player knows that, and we need to work on that.”
Bayern are up against Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend, which will no doubt test their mettle and a win would help them extend the lead over second-placed RB Leipzig who are hot on their tail.