Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that Niklas Sule will only be offered a new contract at the club if they can find a solution to their financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sule has 18 months left on his existing deal and has been linked with a move to Chelsea. It was revealed earlier this month that Thomas Tuchel was plotting to bring both Sule and David Alaba to Stamford Bridge next season.
Spox also claimed that Sule could be on his way out if Jerome Boateng is offered a new contract. The report further said that Lucas Hernandez could also consider his future at the club, especially if Hansi Flick’s side manage to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. And they did. Upamecano will link up with his new teammates in July this year.
Rummenigge concerned about Bayern’s finances
The 65-year-old explained how the transfer market has seen a dramatic change over the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and admitted that Bayern could see adjustments being made to salaries as well.
“The transfer fees have already decreased, that can also be seen with Leroy Sane. And that was also necessary. The salary level hasn’t been adjusted with Corona,” Rummenigge said.
“That hasn’t been felt yet. But maybe in the summer. Everything that I hear from south Europe, but also from England and Germany, is that the liquidity still isn’t like before. And then we have to adapt the salaries.
“The salaries’ upper limits have been discussed since 2008. That was in that time completely rejected, because it wasn’t in accordance with the competition laws. Maybe now a Salary cap is accepted because we have Corona. An alternative could be to make the financial fair play more strict and to clarify the fines imposed for its violation.”
However, he did add that the club are keen to hold on to the ‘good German national team players’ at the club and that they will hold talks with Sule before the season ends.
“We want the good German national team players at FC Bayern. Niklas still has one year of the contract,” he added.
“We will hold talks and see where they’ll lead. We will look at the whole thing seriously & calmly by the summer. Corona (Covid-19 pandemic) has also caused financial damage to FC Bayern.
“If we find a solution, we are happy to extend the contract, but that will only be possible under certain conditions.”