Uli Hoeneß: “€222m for Neymar is a sign of weakness.”

Bayern Munich’s president Uli Hoeneß feels it is an admission of failure for a club to spend big in the transfer market, as Paris Saint-Germain continue to be linked with an astonishing €222 million swoop to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 giants are ready to smash the world transfer record by meeting the enormous release clause in the Brazil international’s contract, although Barca defender Gerard Pique suggested via a Tweet on Sunday that the 25-year-old has been convinced to remain at Camp Nou.

The attacker is yet to confirm his future has been decided, though, and Hoeneß believes such a transfer would be a bad sign.

“This is a sign of weakness,” he said of the outlays being made across Europe. 

“If I have to spend a lot of money to achieve nothing, it is more of a sign that I have not worked as well somewhere else. And that’s why I cannot be interested in spending so much. 

“Not the most expensive transfer is the best, but the one who does the most. 

“I think that is why, in this shark basin – €100m, €200m – we must find our own way.”

Bayern parted with a Bundesliga record fee of €41.5m to capture Corentin Tolisso from Lyon and brought in Niklas Sule from Hoffenheim for a reported €20m.

But they have also snared potential bargains in the form of Serge Gnabry, a cut-price arrival from Werder Bremen, James Rodriguez, signed on loan from Real Madrid, and free transfer Sebastian Rudy, as the team prepares to try and secure a sixth successive Bundesliga title. 

RB Leipzig sprung a surprise to finish second to Bayern last season, but Hoeneß expects a more predictable rival to vie for the championship in 2017-18.

“Leipzig will play a good season again, but the first challenger will surely be Borussia Dortmund,” he said.

Bayern were without a sporting director in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first campaign in charge last term, after failing to replace Matthias Sammer, who stepped down in July 2016.

According to Hoeness, though, they are now close to making an appointment.

“We will announce a sporting director within the next six weeks,” he said.

“I’ve already said that (executive chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been looking around, and there have been some talks taking place.”

Ibrahimovic: “We are only interested in winning.”

The 34-year old Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has hailed PSG’s dominance in Ligue 1 after the team made history on Wednesday. 

Ibra scored a goal as PSG beat Lorient (3-1) at Parc des Princes to stretch their unbeaten league run to record breaking 33 matches.

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Zlatan says that Paris Saint-Germain is fortunate to have such a strong team, as they are aiming for an unprecedented quadruple.

“We have a quality squad and no matter who is on the pitch, the quality remains the same.”

“Our team is only interested in winning and we’re very happy to have set this new record. PSG is ready for the big games that are coming up this season.” – said Ibra, for PSG’s official website.

Cabaye in Crystal Palace?

Crystal Palace’s chairman, Steve Parish, has revealed that his team is eager to sign PSG player Yohan Cabaye.

It is believed that the Eagles manager – Alan Padrew would be really happy to reunite with his former playmaker. Besides Crystal Palace, Roma has also shown interest in this 29-year-old midfielder.

“That’s definitely one we would like to do, if we can, it will be massive for the club. He’s a seasoned international. That’s definitely one we’re working on.

“For us to get into the top 10 in the Premier League, we have got make sure we are bringing in top 10 Premier League players.” – said Padrew for “TalkSport”.

 

Cavani: “PSG must keep going forward!”

The Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani spoke to the press about his clubs progress in the Ligue 1.

PSG played against Lorient in their last game, in which Edinson scored 2 goals. From that point on, PSG became the leader in the Ligue 1. If you want to bet on PSG, go find yourself online bookmakers.


“Tonight was a great night. To score twice made me very happy! We must keep going. It’s good, but we must continue to work hard.”

The press asked him for his opinion of Salvatore Sirigu, and he stated:

“I’m happy for him. He’s an incredible signing. He is a top player,” the Italian said.

“He’s a special player because he scores a lot but also because he helps the team. This is very important.”

Thiago Motta: “No pressure”

Thiago Motta, PSG midfielder, spoke on the final “sprint” of his team.

The PSG midfielder Thiago Motta, spoke at a news conference before moving on the lawn of Sochaux at the 33rd day of Ligue 1. “We approach this week as the other. I see no particular pressure. We will have other opportunities to pass the MHSC. All remaining matches will be important but remain focused on the next game against Sochaux. All teams play against we 100% so we must be focused from the start to the end.”