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Rummenigge reveals why Bayern chose not to sign Coutinho and Perisic permanently

Coutinho und Ivan Perisic
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has explained why Bayern Munich chose not to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic permanently last summer.

Both players were equal contributors to Bayern’s treble-winning season, but that wasn’t enough to guarantee them a contract extension.

And Rummenigge has explained why the club decided against retaining them for the 2020-21 season.

Speaking to BILD, the Bayern chief executive said: “The price range he only had with his salary was simply impossible in times of coronavirus.”

A number of clubs’ finances were impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and teams were not willing to splurge on big-money players.

The Bavarians reportedly wanted to sign Perisic permanently, but could not reach an agreement with Inter over his transfer fee. Perisic scored eight goals and assisted ten across competitions, and was a great backup for the club.

Similarly, with Countinho, Barcelona were demanding an excess of €120m, and Hansi Flick’s side were not keen on spending that much on a single player.

Coutinho enjoyed a good run of games at Bayern, but multiple injuries saw him dropped from Flick’s starting XI, with the boss choosing pick Thomas Muller instead. The Brazilian made 35 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, scoring nine goals, and contributing with eight assists.

Bayern picked Sane over Perisic

Rummenigge also added that it would have been possible for the club to retain Perisic had they not signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City.

But Sane was considered a better option on the wings, however, his place in the squad has been a topic of much discussion of late.

The 25-year-old has had a bumpy start to life in Germany, but has the backing of players and staff who believe he is capable of reflecting the form he showed under Pep Guardiola.