Hoeness: You can’t build by buying old players

FC Bayern München president Uli Hoeness has re-emphasised the importance of buying young players with potential in order to build a strong team.

Die Roten have been linked with a move for unsettled Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, but at the age of 28 the Chilean doesn't seem to fit the German champions' transfer policy.

Bayern have already added four new players to their ranks as they aim to refresh their squad for next season. They have signed midfielder Corentin Tolisso (21) from Lyon, former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry (21) from Werder Bremen, Niklas Sule (21) and Sebastian Rudy (27) from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Rudy, the only older player signed, was snapped up on a free transfer.

"I fully support what's been done so far — it's highly satisfactory and it all makes sense. Sule, Rudy, Gnabry and Tolisso are players with huge potential for the future," Hoeness told Kicker.

"As chairman of the supervisory board I'm very pleased with our transfer policy up till now, because it was implemented with great care.

"Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich's future must be shaped.

"And then Bayern does exactly that — signs young players between 20 and 22 and is criticised once again. But you can't build a new team with €100 million transfers for 29- and 30-year-olds. That isn't a policy. 

"Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don't go down this road."