Bayern bid for Bosingwa
German giants move for Blues defender
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: June 18, 2009 11:55am
Bayern Munich have admitted to making an approach for Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa.
The German giants have indentified the rampaging Portuguese defender as a top priority in their search for fresh faces this summer.
An agreement is yet to be struck with his current employers, but Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is hoping an accord can be reached.
"We are holding talks, but we still need the approval of Chelsea," he told Kicker.
"He is one of the best right full-backs around."
Bayern are in the market for a right-back after seeing Willy Sagnol forced into retirement and Massimo Oddo fail to shine during a loan spell from AC Milan.
The Bundesliga side are aware that they will need to sell in order to fund further moves in the market, with Tim Borowski, Christian Lell and Andreas Ottl expected to be heading for the Allianz Arena exits.
One of those who will definitely not be leaving though, according to Rummenigge, is French playmaker Franck Ribery, who continues to be linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer had hinted on Wednesday that the former Marseille ace could be sold for the right price, but that suggestion has been dashed by the club's chairman.
"We all agree, including Franz Beckenbauer, that we will do all we can to keep hold of Franck," said Rummenigge.
"I am quite relaxed about the Ribery issue because nothing can happen without Bayern.
"Even (coach, Louis) Van Gaal knows what an exceptional player Ribery is. Franck is one of the best three players in the world and we know what we have in him."