Berlin - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness ruled out breaking the €100
million mark this summer and said he would buy
French striker Kylian Mbappe "immediately" if he had the money.
Bayern are planning a major squad overhaul this summer, and have
already confirmed the signings of French World Cup winners Benjamin
Pavard and Lucas Hernandez.
In an interview with German news agency DPA on Tuesday, Hoeness
admitted that, in an ideal world, he would love to sign another French
World Cup winner, Paris Saint-Germain's 20-year-old star.
"I would sign Mbappe straight away, he is a top player. But we don't have the money for him," said Hoeness.
The Bayern president ruled out spending €100 million on a single
player in the summer transfer window, but suggested that Bayern may
break that figure in the future.
"There definitely won't be a €100 million transfer this year, but
I have to admit that ten years ago, I couldn't have imagined spending
€80 million," he said.
The sum of €80 million was what Bayern paid to sign Hernandez
from Atletico Madrid, a figure nearly double that of their previous
record transfer -- fellow Frenchman Corentin Tolisso.
In 22-year-old Kingsley Coman, Bayern have yet another Gallic talent in their emerging generation.
On Tuesday, club legend Lothar Matthaeus backed Coman and Serge
Gnabry, 23, to follow in the footsteps of departing veterans Arjen
Robben and Franck Ribery, who are both out of contract at the end of
"Coman and Gnabry are both quick, good dribblers and dangerous in
front of goal," Matthaeus wrote in his column for Sky Sports, adding
that "legendary" veterans Robben and Ribery would not be missed.