In a recent interview with The Athletic, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge indicated that RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano was anything but a luxury purchase for the Bavarians.
“We didn’t buy Upamecano to make him our big-name signing, but out of necessity,” Rummenigge said. “We will see David Alaba leave and perhaps one or two more defensive players too. We wanted to get the best quality available on the market for that important position — that’s Upamecano. Beyond that, we will have to be sensible and clever. Everyone I talk to wants to reduce their payroll (because of COVID-19). That also applies to Bayern. Transfer fees went down by 50 percent last season, which was good, but the wages haven’t adjusted downward accordingly.”
Rummenigge went further in saying that negotiations are getting more difficult because agents and players are not factoring in the economic impact of the pandemic into discussions.