United and Chelsea set to miss out as Bayern secure cash to keep Ribery

02 November 2009 01:33
In demand: Europe's big guns are tracking Ribery

Bayern Munich's hopes of holding on to Franck Ribery have been boosted by a potential £90million tie-up with German car maker Audi.

The Bundesliga giants had been expected to cash in on interest from Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona next summer because the France star's contract only runs to the middle of 2011.

But the new-found wealth for a club who are already in rude health could convince Ribery that his future lies at the Allianz Arena.

Audi want to take a share in Bayern as well as sign a lengthy sponsorship agreement.

The club's general manager Uli Hoeness said: 'This is a participation (in the club) and a long-term contract. It is a package. An advertising contract and a participation. The amount is well over 100 million euros (£90m).'

The stake Audi would take is unknown, but Hoeness expects a full announcement before the club's annual meeting on November 27. 

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Source: Daily_Mail

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