Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić has given an insight into the status of Bayern Munich’s pursuit for Matthijs de Ligt (22). Speaking on Bayern-Insider, Salihamidžić discussed the difficult negotiations with Juventus.
“It was important to me that we sat down at a table with those responsible at Juventus, [Maurizio] Arrivabene, [Federico] Cherubini and [Pavel] Nedvěd,” said Salihamidžić. “I was there as a player for four years and have a good relationship with the club. We had two conversations, now we have to be patient and see what happens.”
Bayern Munich have submitted an opening offer of €60m plus future bonuses of over €10m to Juventus for De Ligt, after the Dutch central-defender made it known that he has a desire to join the Bundesliga champions. This comes after Salihamidžić and technical director Marco Neppe travelled to Turn on Monday to negotiate with Juve officials but their opening offer was below Juventus’ valuation of around €80m.
Given his desire to join Bayern, De Ligt would also take a pay to join Bayern Munich. The Netherlands international currently earns a reported €10m per year at Juventus, but that’s a fee that Bayern wouldn’t be able to pay due to various tax models in Germany.
Chelsea and Manchester United had also both shown an interest in signing De Ligt, but representatives of the Dutchman have halted negotiations with other interested parties, due to the player’s wish to play football at the Allianz Arena.