Bayern target Chelsea defender Bosingwa

German Football
By German Football June 12, 2009 05:22

Bayern target Chelsea defender Bosingwa

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has confirmed they want to sign Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa.

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Bosingwa: A wanted man

The right-back slot is the only area Bayern are still looking to strengthen after making seven signings already this summer – and Hoeness feels Bosingwa fits the bill.

“Our transfer activities are basically closed,” he told Munich’s tz newspaper. “We are only looking at whether there are possibilities for the right-back position.”

He added: “We are interested in Bosingwa. That’s correct.”

The Portugal international only moved to Stamford Bridge last summer, but Bayern are noticeably short of cover in his position.

Their only recognised right-back is Christian Lell, still yet to prove himself at the highest level.

Philipp Lahm is more comfortable on the left, while veteran Willy Sagnol retired earlier this year because of persistent injury problems.

Turkey international Hamit Altintop can play at right-back but is more effective in midfield.

Hoeness also hinted Bayern could change their stance on Franck Ribery.

The Bavarian giants have repeatedly stressed the France midfielder is not for sale, but that determination could now be wavering.

“We have said we will only deal under certain conditions,” said Hoeness. “Namely if the others want to do really crazy things.”

That suggests a huge offer – thought to be at least ¬60m – could persuade Bayern to part with their prized asset.

Manchester United – who will certainly have the money to finance a deal should Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move to Real Madrid go through – and Madrid themselves have been linked with Ribery.

Bayern’s seventh summer signing was completed earlier on Thursday when Holland defenderEdson Braafheid joined from FC Twente.

The 26-year-old has penned a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena after passing a medical this morning.

Braafheid was also wanted by Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and Ajax but turned them down last week and opted instead for a move to the Bundesliga.

A statement from Bayern read: “Braafheid was a player sought after by new Bayern coach Louis van Gaal and can play as a left-back as well as a centre-back.”

[Soccernet]

German Football
By German Football June 12, 2009 05:22
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