Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly trying to engineer a move away from Manchester United, but it seems his destination will not be Bayern Munich.
The Bavarian giants confirmed the sale of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona on Saturday for a reported fee of €45million, plus €5m in performance-related add-ons, losing a player who scored 50 goals for them across all competitions last season.
Bayern have already moved to limit the impact of Lewandowski’s departure with the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool, while midfielder Ryan Gravenberch and right-back Noussair Mazraoui have also recently joined from Ajax.
However, reports have linked the Bundesliga champions with a move for Ronaldo, who is rumoured to be seeking a move away from United less than a year after returning due to a lack of Champions League football next season at Old Trafford.
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Speaking to BILD Sport, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn appeared to dampen suggestions the club would look to bring in the 37-year-old, who scored 24 goals in 38 games in all competitions for United last season.
“I love Cristiano Ronaldo,” Kahn said. “Fantastic player, but every club has a philosophy and I’m not sure if it would be the right signal for Bayern and the Bundesliga if we signed him now. Such a move does not necessarily fit with our ideas.”
The former Bayern and Germany goalkeeper did sound more positive about another Premier League star potentially making a move to the Allianz Arena, though.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked with the club in recent times, and Kahn seemed to indicate that the England captain is someone the club could target in future.
“He is under contract at Tottenham,” Kahn said. “Sure, an absolute top striker, but that’s all a dream of the future. So let’s see what happens.”