Franck Ribery In Line For Surprise Summer Move Away From Bayern
Reports suggest that Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery could be on the move in the summer.
The 34-year old has been part of yet another Bundesliga title win for Bayern but the talk is that his position could be under threat if Bayern are successful in their pursuit of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, who has been identified as a top target.
French outlet Le10Sport are running the story, and say that a return to Marseille could be on the cards for Ribery.
The Frenchman spent two seasons at the Stade Velodrome between 2005 and 2007, where helped the club reach the Coupe de France final two years on the trot before getting his big move to Bayern Munich.
And he could be back at his old stomping ground, with Marseille, who have been linked with a number of big moves in what should be an eventful summer, keen on bringing him back.
Ribery signed a one-year extension with Bayern five months ago but he could still be on his way out if Sanchez is signed up.
The report from Le10Sport says that Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud has already made contact with Bayern chiefs about a possible move.
It would almost certainly be the final career move of Ribery's career.
Meanwhile Ribery could have played in the Premier League had things turned out differently.
Back in 2008, he was a man in demand and Chelsea were keen on bringing him to the Premier League and adding him to their already talented squad.
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Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been speaking about how desperate Chelsea were to land Ribery nine years ago, but it was a rather strange offer that Bayern received for their top player.
The former striker, who scored over 200 goals for Bayern, recalls the time that Chelsea offer a massive 65m euros to try and snap up Ribery, but they also wanted to include the sale of right-back Jose Bosingwa as part of the deal.
In all fairness, if you try and give Jose Bosingwa to Bayern Munich, they are most likely going to turn it down. You'd think they'd probably prefer the money on its own.
However, it turns out that Bayern had been chasing the Portuguese defender for quite some time.
Anyway, Rummenigge called the offer for Ribery "almost unbelievable" but went on to say the fact that Bayern held firm and did not sell him was a turning point for the club.
Speaking to German outlet Bild, he said:
"The offer we had for Franck Ribery in 2008 was almost unbelievable.
"The decision not to sell Franck Ribery nevertheless was a milestone in the development of FC Bayern. That was the moment when FC Bayern got to be a 'buying club'."
It's fair to say that since then, Bayern have been prolific in recruiting some of the best players in world football and have been the dominant force in German football. They have finished as league winners in the Bundesliga in six of the past eight seasons.
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