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Uli Hoeness Reveals Bayern Munich Were Close to Signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Bayern Munich were interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Bayern Munich were interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic / David Lidstrom/Getty Images

Bayern Munich honorary president Uli Hoeness has revealed that the Bundesliga giants were close to signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but a move failed to transpire due to his "god-like" wage demands.

The Swede has played for some of the biggest clubs across Europe's top-five leagues over the course of his illustrious 21-year career but has never played in Germany. And Hoeness revealed that Bayern were once interested in the former Barcelona, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain star, but talks broke down.

Speaking to RTL, Hoeness said: "He's a great player, but his demands were also god-like. We were interested once, but didn't even get to the main course."

The European champions were interested in Ibrahimovic while he still played for Malmo, but the club were expecting too much for the striker, and he went on to join Ajax for a fee of £5million instead.

Bjorn Andersson, a youth team coach at Bayern between 1995 and 2009, revealed in 2017 that his ex-employers had the chance to sign the Swede in 2001. "We had contact with [former sports director of Malmo FF] Hasse Borg," Andersson told Swedish football website Fotbollskanalen.

"But Bayern said no as it was too much money for a youth player. It was the right decision. Bayern have won more titles than Ajax and Juventus. That counts in the end. They did not do anything wrong. Also, for Zlatan, the change to the Netherlands was correct. Who knows whether the German mentality would have suited him at all."