Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hints club may move for both Leroy Sane and Callum Hudson-Odoi during summer transfer window
- Rummenigge confirmed that Bayern are still interested in Callum Hudson-Odoi
- Bayern chief says the German champions could move for him and Leroy Sane
- Man City winger Sane is Bayern’s No 1 summer target but could cost £70m-plus
- Rummenigge also said manager Niko Kovac won’t be judged on Cup final
- Bayern play RB Leipzig in the final in Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Saturday night
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has indicated it is possible the club may sign both Leroy Sane and Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.
The Bavarians are looking to strengthen after a season that saw them retain their Bundesliga title but once again fall short in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (left) pictured at the Bild event on Friday
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is Bayern’s No 1 transfer target for the summer at a cost of £70m
Rummenigge hinted that the club are still interested in signing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi
Bayern made multiple bids for Hudson-Odoi during the January transfer window and their interest in the England international has not diminished despite his current Achilles tendon injury.
Speaking at an event hosted by German newspaper Bild, Rummenigge said it is possible Bayern could pursue both Sane and Hudson-Odoi once the summer window opens.
Bayern have made 23-year-old Sane, who has been in and out of the City side this season, their No 1 transfer target for the summer.
Sane is believed to be keen on a return to Germany, having arrived at City from Schalke back in 2016.
He is likely to play more regular football at Bayern given the departure of long-serving wide players Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery after Saturday’s German Cup final against RB Leipzig.
Leroy Sane shows off the Premier League trophy after City’s title win but he could be leaving
Hudson-Odoi has suffered an Achilles tendon injury but Bayern are still interested
On Sane, he said: ‘We will try. I can’t promise whether it will succeed.
‘We already had the idea when he was still with Schalke. But at that time we did not have a guarnateed regular place for him. Robben and Ribery were top of the top three years ago.’
Asked to elaborate on who will try and persuade Sane to move, Rummenigge added: ‘That’s what [sporting director] Hasan [Salihamidzic] does.
‘There have not been any talks so far. He’s an interesting player, we will try.’
Hudson-Odoi remains a secondary target for the German champions but Rummenigge clearly wants to keep the option open.
He also gave a thumbs up to under-pressure coach Niko Kovac, who was unable to sustain Bayern’s previous dominance of the Bundesliga.
They only secured the title ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund on the final afternoon of the season last weekend.
Bayern manager Niko Kovac delivered the Bundesliga title but still find himself under pressure
Asked whether Kovac’s future at the club depended on the outcome of Saturday’s final against Leipzig, Rummenigge said: ‘It would be crazy to make it dependent on one game. That would be irresponsible.
‘After the Dusseldorf game we said: ‘We’ll pull through this now and stand behind Niko Kovac.’
‘And then we said we’ll sit down after the end of the season, analyse everything and then see how it goes on. We still firmly believe in that.’
He then added: ‘If I had a different opinion on Niko Kovac than [president] Uli Hoeness, then he would not be our coach.’