Bayern Munich were interested in signing ZLATAN Ibrahimovic but his ‘god-like’ wage demands saw the move break down, according to Uli Hoeness.
Ibrahimovic 39, has played for most of the biggest clubs and leagues in Europe but has never featured for any Bundesliga side in his 21- year professional career to date.
Honorary president Hoeness however has revealed that the Bundesliga record champions were once interested in the former Barcelona , PSG and Manchester united, AC Milan striker but the Beverians move eventually broke down.
While speaking to RTL as part of the outlet’s coverage of Germany’s 3-0, 2022 World cup qualifying victory over Iceland on Thursday Hoeness revealed the move did not go through due to the striker’s exorbitant wage demands.
“He is a great player, but his demands were also god- like Hoeness said.
” We were interested once , but didn’t even get to the main course.
Speaking in 2017,Bjorn evendersson , a youth team team coach at the German club between 1995 and 2009, revealed that the Bundesliga faints had the chance to sign the Swede in 2001.
However, Ibrahimovic’s club at the time , Malmo FF wanted too much money for the player.
“We had contract with (former sports director of Malmo FF) Hasse Borg, he told Swedish football website.
“But Bayern said no as it was too much money for a youth player.
“It was the right decision, Bayern have won more titles than Ajax and Juventus .that counts in the end .They did not do any thing wrong.
Also for Zlatan , the change to Netherland was correct who knows whether the German mentality would have suited him at all.
Speaking in 2013 while he was playing for PSG, ZLATAN lauded Bayern as one of the top had opened the door at a time for a move to the Allianz Arena.
” of course the Bundesliga could attract me, the Sweden international told 11 Freunde.
“If I play in Germany one day it would be at Bayern Munich for me, this is one of the five biggest clubs in the world.
” I have lived in five countries, Sweden the Netherlands, Itary , Spain and now France and learned about the people and cultures, it has shaped me.