Beyond what happened on the green, where Bayern Munich has been a nightmare for Barcelona in recent seasons, relations in the offices between Barcelona and Bavaria are not going through their best moment.
According to the German media Sport1, there is a lot of tension between Barcelona and Bayern. The triggers? Pedri and Sergiño Dest. The Spanish midfielder and the American winger like each other at the Allianz Arena and they did not use the best arts to try to dress both players in red. Hasan Salihadmizic, Bayern’s sports director, is in love with Pedri’s game and as AS already reported, he made him an offer prior to his renewal that quadrupled his previous record. Bayern, in general, was convinced of his signing to the point that they wanted to make the Canarian the most expensive player in the club’s history, exceeding the 80 million euros paid to Atlético by Lucas Hernández. The interest, with the former player at the helm, has been coming since the summer of 2020. The Bavarian sports management has already tried to sign Pedri on loan as he arrived from Las Palmas. Barcelona refused.
This second time It was Pedri who put the brakes on Bayern and renewed with Barcelona, but, although everything went well for the Catalans, they don’t forget and this negotiation behind his back did not sit well at all. This same ‘modus operandi’, according to Sport1, happened with Dest. This is explained by a direct source from the club cited by this medium. “Bayern spoke with Barcelona players without informing Barcelona about it. It cannot be said that the relationship between clubs is very bad, but it is not what it used to be.”
They add in this medium, that Barcelona has raised a reaction to these actions by the German club. The Catalan team has already begun to show interest in Niklas Süle, Bayern central defender, and wants to attract two ‘pearls’ from the German academy, Kenan Yidiz, 16, and Gabriel Vidovic, 18. At the moment, they say, no negotiations have been opened. The rope is tightened and Barça follows its plan.
Salihamidzic, repeat offender
The victim of the maneuver this time was Barcelona and furthermore, Salidhamidzic could not complete it successfully, but it is not the first time that it has happened with a star player and, furthermore, he ended up closing the operation. During the 2019 preseason and after sounding out Leroy Sané and speaking openly about his incorporation publicly, the sporting director of Bayern Munich had to come out to publicly apologize for his maneuvers to attract the then Manchester City winger.
“We have to apologize to Manchester City for talking about the player all the time. From now on, we shouldn’t talk about this case. We should keep our composure. I think it’s generally important to stop talking about players who still belong to other clubs,” he assured in a mixed zone. That same summer, after Salihamidzic’s scores, Sané tore his cruciate ligament and accumulated 216 days off with City. , remaining, in the end, in Pep Guardiola’s squad.The following summer, City relented and sold Leroy Sané for 60 million euros to Bayern, as Salihamidzic wanted.