The Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has so far refused to sign a new contract with the German giants and the club’s supremo Uli Hoeness has admitted they may be forced to sell the Frenchman this coming summer.
“If Ribery does not extend his contract in the spring, it would be irresponsible from a financial perspective to keep him,” said Bayern official Uli Hoeness.
“We’d just be giving away €50-60 million in that case.”
It was confirmed by Munich that Chelsea were the club that made the best offer for Ribery last summer, and are expected to return with another massive bid if their transfer ban from FIFA is rescinded.
There were many clubs linked with Ribery last summer, but last month Hoeness said: “We never received an offer over €100m,”
“The best bid game from Chelsea: €65m plus Bosingwa.”
“We also received other offers of €76 and €80m.”
With Ribery only having one year left on his contract next summer, Munich will not be able to expect such a massive fee this time around, but if a bidding war develops the price will probably rise to around £50m.
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