Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has confirmed that Toni Kroos was sold because the club didn’t want him to leave for nothing next year.
The German midfielder was the standout player for Germany at the World Cup, as Real Madrid have swooped to snap him up from the Allianz Arena.
“We didn’t want to lose him next year without receiving his buy-out clause. We are obliged to take care of the club’s finances, and we couldn’t afford that luxury,” said Bayern’s managing director.
Rummenigge’s comments suggest that if a Bayern player decides that he doesn’t want to feature at the club beyond the coming season, there could be some very good players up for grabs with a single year left to run on their contract at this time next year.
Left-back Diego Contento, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and winger Xherdan Shaqiri all have deals set to expire next summer, which could offer interested parties hope of doing deals for them.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Shaqiri, which is less likely this summer because of the arrival of Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
However, the Swiss could become a very good acquisition this time next year as Brendan Rodgers is likely to move Liverpool forward in the transfer market yet again.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for Schweinsteiger and it’s doubtful whether they’d wait another year to try and sign him considering he’ll be in his 30s from next season forward.
Contento will probably miss his chance to play in the Premier League if he doesn’t move this summer.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are three sides still looking for a left-back, although the Blues are expected to sign Filipe Luis, and they’re likely to make decisions over that position this summer.
Rummenigge is right to suggest that Bayern have to look after their financial interests and when the issue of renewals comes up for the three players in question, there’s every reason to believe deals are possible if they don’t stay at the Allianz.