Bayern Munich highlights club’s intention to work with younger players

Bayern Munich president UliHoeness has seemingly denied suggestions that his club could pursue the services of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this summer.

The Chile international is entering the final year of his Gunners deal, and it is widely predicted that he could switch his allegiance to a Champions League-based club. The Bavarian giants have been deemed frontrunners for a while with national teammate Arturo Vidal also urging Sanchez to pick the German champions over other suitors.

Speaking to Kicker, Hoeness revealed that the club’s focus is on building up a young squad as they look to replace the older brigade which includes the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, he said: "Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich's future must be shaped. And then Bayern does exactly that – signs young players between 20 and 22 – and is criticised once again. You can't build a new team with €100m (£88m) transfers for 29 and 30-year-olds. That isn't a policy. Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don't go down this road.”

The Bundesliga holders have recruited the likes of Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy, Serge Gnabry and CorentinTolisso this summer, and this probably rules out a move for Sanchez during the current transfer window. Meanwhile, they could be a couple of players who could be shown the exit door with Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa both the subject of interest from Juventus. Sanches could not quite replicate his Euro 2016 showing at the Allianz Arena and this saw him benched for most of the season. On the other hand, Costa struggled to find a place ahead of Ribery and Robben in the line up, and he is desperate for a move elsewhere in order to maintain his Brazil spot ahead of next year’s World Cup.

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