Bayern Munich ended their interest in signing Naby Keita due to financial reasons despite having ‘promising conversations’ with RB Leipzig, according to German magazine Kicker.
The publication interviewed Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently and claims that the Bundesliga champions were in advanced talks with the East German club along with Liverpool and were ready to pay big, but only if the player joined them immediately.
Hoeness has insisted that spending a triple figure amount on one player is not acceptable at Bayern and their current squad is absolutely on par with the best sides in Europe.
Liverpool had multiple mega bids turned down by Leipzig earlier in the window as the Champions League debutants were not ready to sell the star before the end of this season.
Jurgen Klopp, though, was not ready to give up on his prime target and the Reds eventually agreed to pay the Guinean’s buyout clause plus a premium amount in order to get the deal done a year before the clause becomes active.
The report adds that it would have been a huge financial risk for Bayern in case the 22-year-old, who could earn his current club as much as €75m from the deal, suffers a serious injury during this season with Leipzig.
Moreover, the Bavarians were also not prepared to distort their current salary structure and eventually signed Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for just over €40m.
While Bayern’s highest earner at the moment is star striker Robert Lewandowski with an income of €160k a week, Liverpool are believed to have offered the midfielder around €150k a week, which makes the overall deal worth over €100m.
We have seen how picky Klopp can be in the transfer market and the fact that Liverpool were ready to take this huge financial risk not only shows how much the owners trust the boss, but also that how highly he rates the midfield maestro.
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