Ribery could have gone for ton

20 August 2009 07:04
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has claimed that Franck Ribery would have been sold if an offer of 100million euros had been tabled for the player. The France international has been subject to transfer speculation throughout the summer, with reported interest in the player coming from the Premier League and Spain. Though Bayern have remained defiant on their stance over the winger, Hoeness has confirmed the player would have been allowed to leave the Allianz Arena if a suitable offer came in. He told Bild: "Internally we said yes, from 100million euros we'll deal. Also that was a defensive measure. We did not think anyone would pay that. We wanted to keep Franck. "One week before the expiry of our internal deadline we said that to him personally. Therefore he knew that interested clubs still had a week to offer the 100million euros." He added that he believed one club came close to matching their valuation of Ribery. "Someone said to me there would be an offer of 100million euros coming - but not from Real (Madrid)," he added. "I had a very bad day. I felt an emptiness in myself, because I had the feeling - now Franck is gone. "In the evening it emerged that it was a misunderstanding. They wanted to include three players in the sum. When I had heard that I was really happy."

Source: ESA