By Will Jones
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has ruled out the signing of Brazilian starlet Neymar.
The Santos forward will be out of contract after the 2014 World Cup but is expected to pen a new deal with the club before departing, and Hoeness says it is unlikely the Bavarian club will spash the cash to capture the 21-year-old.
“I do not think that in the next few years we will buy a player that is more expensive than [Javi] Martinez,” he told tz-online.de.
The Bundesliga leaders broke the German transfer fee record last summer when they triggered a buy-out clause of €40 million in Martinez’s Athletic Bilbao contract and have no plans to spend big again.
Amid a deluge of transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian international, sources close to Neymar seem to write off Bayern’s chances of pulling off the coup, with the player’s agent responding to questions from Le10Sport about a potential move to Germany by saying, “I do not think so, no, this is a complicated topic.”