BAYERN Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they
have dropped their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexis
Sanchez for next season.
After head coach Carlo Ancelotti last week had his wish granted
to sign Colombia’s James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid,
Bayern have called off their bid to poach Chile’s hot-shot
Sanchez from Arsenal.
“We are no longer involved. We have agreed with our coach that
we won’t add (new players) in attack. It wouldn’t make any
sense,” Bayern’s chairman Rummenigge told German magazine
Bayern had reportedly been vying with Manchester City to sign
Sanchez, 28, Chile’s all-time top scorer, who has a year left
on his Arsenal contract, but is stalling over extension
negotiations with the Gunners.
Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to
£80 million (AU$134m), but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
suggested last week this won’t happen.
Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as
Arsenal struggled with form, is not on the team’s pre-season
tour to Australia and China as he rests after last month’s
Confederation’s Cup when Chile lost to Germany in the final.
He told Chilean media of his ambitions to play Champions League
football, futher fuelling rumours he will leave Arsenal in the
“It depends on them. I have to wait to know what they want. My
idea is to play and win the Champions League. It’s a dream I
have had since I was little.”
Bayern will start their pre-season tour of China and Singapore
on Wednesday when they play Arsenal in Shanghai.