Bayern catches United napping
03 June 2016, 18:02
Cape Town - Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims Manchester United left their feet dragging in the pursuit of Renato Sanches.
The Portugal international had attracted interest from both Bayern and the Red Devils after an impressive debut season in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Benfica.
Sanches had been mulling an offer from United, but the Bundesliga champions were one step ahead of the Premier League giants by swiftly agreeing a €35 million deal for the 18-year-old midfielder.
Rummenigge had expected the promising teenager to end up at Old Trafford and felt the FA Cup champions were caught napping by his club.
"If the Sanches transfer had not taken place so quickly, he would have ended up in England," Rummenigge told WAZ.
"The boy also had an offer from Manchester United, and if the transfer had not taken place so quickly, he would have ended up in England.
"The transfer fees will continue to rise. But above all the salaries, which is the much bigger problem for the Bundesliga. The players now know exactly what is earned in Spain and in Italy, and, unfortunately, especially in England."