Lift for Man Utd as Bayern legend claims club have no need for £89m target

Date published: Wednesday 9th October 2019 4:00 - Steve Pearson


Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery has given Man Utd an indirect boost in their quest to sign England’s forward sensation Jadon Sancho by declaring that the Bavarian Giants would have “little room for him in the Bayern squad.”

Ribery spent 12 successful years with the Bundesliga’s premier team and having been a member of the squad as recently as six months ago, is expected to still maintain strong lines of communication with his former club.

Bayern have been the bane of Borussia Dortmund’s existence over the last decade, prising away notable stars from their rivals the likes of Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

Sancho’s emergence over the past 18 months has been nothing short of spectacular, with the teenage star notching 13 goals for club in his first full season and cementing his place as a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England eleven.

Under-fire Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old in recent times, with his age and profile seeming to be a perfect fit for Utd’s new transfer approach.



Speaking to German publication SportBild (via, the 81 times France capped winger said: “Sancho is a good player, but Bayern have enough good players in this position – where should he play?”

“There is Muller, Gnabry, Perisic, Coman, Coutinho, Lewandowski. There is a lot of competition. I hope Sancho confirms his good year, but there would be little room for him in the Bayern squad.”


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“Serge is still young, but he has character, personality,” Ribery said. “He plays without fear.”

“After his four goals against Tottenham, more is expected, but Serge is a man, not a machine.

“It’s not easy to show top performances in every game, but Serge will continue on his way without putting too much pressure [on himself].”

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“Bayern can now play different variations and Coutinho is good for Robert Lewandowski,” he added.

“He always wants the ball; Coutinho takes responsibility and serves his team-mates – either the outside striker or just Lewy, who receives great passes.”


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