Bayern Munich fear Chelsea spending power under Marina Granovskaia command

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Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted he fears the spending power Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will be able to wield in this summer’s transfer window. The Bundesliga giants’ chairman says Europe’s top clubs won’t be able to spend big amid the financial fallout of the pandemic – but believes the Premier League side could be among the clubs who can ‘buck the trend’.

Chelsea are among several clubs who have been linked with a move for Erling Haaland this summer – but Borussia Dortmund are expected to demand upwards of £100million for their star striker.

That could rule most of Haaland’s suitors out of the race, with clubs across the world counting the cost of the pandemic.

Bayern’s executive board chairman Rummenigge says he does not expect to see any transfer records broken ahead of next season.

But he fears Chelsea could still spend big, after they launched a record-breaking £200m-plus spree last summer in the midst of the pandemic.

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“We need to rely on players and agents understanding the situation,” he told The Athletic.

“The whole football industry, the whole world has been damaged by COVID-19. I’m curious to see if there will be one club in Europe that can break even this season.

“It’ll be challenging, even for us. We’ve lost €4m to €5m per game – you can work out what that means in total.”

Manchester City, who have also been linked with Haaland, this week posted a £126m loss for the 2019-20 season – and Rummenigge said the damage to revenues was greater for the bigger clubs.

However, at the end of last year Chelsea announced profits of £32.5m for the year ending June 30 – and Rummenigge believes the Stamford Bridge outfit could prove to be an anomaly.

“After more than one year without fans, the income loss has been much greater for the big clubs,” he said.

“Some of the smaller clubs, who rely on selling, will sustain real damage as well.

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“There will be maybe two, or three clubs who are able to buck the trend. Chelsea’s numbers, for example, look very positive.

“Marina has done a very good job. But we won’t see any all-time-high records tumble this summer, that’s for sure.”

Both Bayern and Chelsea are involved in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-finals, with the West London side away to Porto, while the reigning champions host PSG in their respective first-leg clashes.

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