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How Bayern Munich are benefiting from their own ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in transfer window of Mane & De Ligt deals

13:50 SAST 2022/08/18
Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 2022-23
The German giants have switched their recruitment strategy this year, with a host of young players coming in

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has hailed sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and technical director Marco Neppe as the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of the transfer market. The Bundesliga champions have made some major signings this summer, bringing in the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Sadio Mane, among others.

Salihamidzic and Neppe have been the brains behind the transfer strategy and Hainer believes their ability to deduce which players are right for the team is reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic literary figures.

What did Hainer say about Bayern's transfers?

"[Salihamidzic] has an absolute Bayern heart and always gives everything for this club, we all know," Hainer told Abend Zeitung.

"When you see the vehemence with which he implemented the Mane transfer, for example - it's a lot of fun with him."

He added: "You could almost say it's like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who are always on the lookout and draw the right conclusions.

"Marco does the analysis, Hasan has an incredible amount of experience in this industry and in dealing with players. He knows what it's like in a dressing room, what it's like to be a player."

What is different about Bayern's summer transfers?

The club chief says Bayern have switched their focus this term as they have opted to sign more long-term prospects.

De Ligt, 22, was signed from Juventus, 20-year-old Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax and 17-year-old Mathys Tel from Rennes.

Plus, Hainer says, that he and CEO Oliver Kahn have also contributed to their strategy.

"This year we approached the transfer policy in a more long-term and structured manner," he added.

"We sat together months ago and analysed what we need and who is on the market.

"In the past one or two seasons, we sometimes had to get players with hasty actions in the last days of the transfer window. That's where we put the lever."

He added: "Like everything at FC Bayern, it's a joint effort, we're incredibly well coordinated there.

"Oliver, as CEO, pushes many things at Bayern, Hasan put a lot of effort into implementing the transfers, and I have brought in my experiences from my long professional life."