Status: 02.10.2023, 09:39 a.m.
By: Andre Oechsner
FC Bayern have pulled off a coup with the signing of Harry Kane. Herbert Hainer talks about the transfer fee paid and a broken deal.
Munich – With the signing of Harry Kane, FC Bayern Munich has set a benchmark on the international transfer market. In this case, the German football record champions have broken the transfer record in the Bundesliga. However, the superstar is probably not quite as expensive as previously rumoured.
|Date of birth:||28 July 1993 (age 30 years), Walthamstow|
|Market value:||90 million euros|
FC Bayern: "Harry Kane didn't cost more than 100 million"
The fixed sum, which, according to media reports, has been estimated at 100 million euros to Kane's former club Tottenham Hotspur to date, is apparently not true. "Harry Kane didn't cost more than 100 million – unless we win this, this and that in the next few seasons. Without bonuses, we are below 100 million," Herbert Hainer explained in an interview with the FAZ. Plus bonuses, the transfer fee should be able to increase by 20 million euros. The Bayern president made it clear in this matter that these were not pounds.
FC Bayern paid the new Bundesliga record transfer fee for Harry Kane. © IMAGO/Laci Perenyi
FC Bayern set new Bundesliga record with the transfer of Harry Kane
With the Kane transfer, Bayern broke the Bundesliga record they set themselves. Until a few weeks ago, Lucas Hernández, who was brought in for 2019 million euros for the 20/80 season, was still the most expensive player in Bundesliga history. The centre-back recently joined French serial champions Paris Saint-Germain for €45 million.
Hainer, however, made it clear that FC Bayern urgently needed a striker of the quality Kane: "There are only a few strikers in this category who on the one hand suit us and on the other hand make us better. And because there are only a few, they come at a price. With Harry Kane, we finally have a goal guarantee again – he's where a striker needs to be and he also scores a lot of goals."
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Kane has already proven his extraordinary class several times. The captain of the England national team has scored eight goals in his first six Bundesliga appearances. Only VfB Stuttgart's high-flyer Serhou Guirassy is more successful with ten goals in as many games. Hainer also explained why Bayern rejected another transfer in Kane's price category this summer.
This refers to Declan Rice, the dream player of coach Thomas Tuchel, who in the end was too expensive for the Munich budget. "Declan Rice, for example, was mentioned and discussed. Arsenal bought him for more than 120 million euros. We could have tried, but we didn't want to do it under these conditions," Hainer said.
FC Bayern set priorities differently – is Joao Palhinha coming in January?
The transfer task force, which was specially set up for this summer, to which Tuchel also belonged, was ultimately of the opinion "that we have to set other priorities in view of our financial possibilities," Hainer explained. "What remains is the club. That's why you have to make decisions in the interests of the club."
What remains, however, is also a significant gap that Tuchel has identified in the six. In recent weeks, the Munich coach has meticulously called for a so-called "Holding Six", some of them in public. The transfer of Joao Palhinha failed due to the veto of his club Fulham FC on deadline day. The Portuguese is now said to be on the transfer list for January. (aoe)