Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have ended their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez for next season.
After head coach Carlo Ancelotti last week completed the signing of Colombia’s James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid, the German giants have called off their bid to poach Chile’s number one player, Sanchez from Arsenal.
“We are no longer involved. We have agreed with our coach that we won’t add (new players) in attack. It wouldn’t make any sense,” Bayern’s chairman Rummenigge told German magazine Kicker.
Bayern had reportedly been fighting alongside Manchester City to sign Sanchez, 28, Chile’s all-time top scorer, who has a year left on his Arsenal contract, but is stalling over extension negotiations with the Gunners.
Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to £80 million (US$103m, 90m euros), but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested last week this won’t happen.
Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia and China as he rests after last month’s Confederation’s Cup when Chile lost to Germany in the final.
Bayern will begin their pre-season tour of China and Singapore on Wednesday when they play Arsenal in Shanghai.