Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims Bayern Munich were able to sign Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches after Manchester United failed to follow up on their initial interest in the player.
Man United were reportedly prepared to table an €80m bid to land the highly sought after youngster back in May.
However, with the club encountering a managerial transition at the same time, the pursuing of Sanches was placed on hold, which in turn allowed Bayern to make a last minute surge for the 18-year-old.
Rummenigge claimed the club reacted quickly to United’s failure to secure the youngster’s signature.
“We knew very well that Renato had a firm offer from Manchester United,” he said.
“I heard that the United deal couldn’t be completed, as they didn’t know who their next manager would be.
“We invited Benfica’s president and Sanches’ agent to Madrid and that night we shook hands on the transfer.”
Jose Mourinho, not long after his arrival, insisted that he would have landed the signing of Sanches if he’d been appointed United manager at an earlier date.
Losing Sanches, one of the brightest young talents in the world today, to another European club represents a scathing bureaucratic failure on the part of Ed Woodward and Co.
The precariousness that surrounded Louis van Gaal‘s future (would he stay if United managed a Champions League spot, or the FA Cup? Will Mourinho come in?) precipitated uncertainty, and it doesn’t take a business expert to note that uncertainty is counter-productive on every level. Making deals, PR, sponsorship rights – whatever it may be, uncertainty breeds systematic failure in every corner.
And whilst United can be rightly regarded as a powerful, successful business juggernaut, this is a chapter they’ll want to forget.