Since taking office as sporting director in August 2017, Hasan Salihamidzic has not had a particularly good reputation, but the pressure on the Bosnian has never been greater than before the current transfer window. In this difficult situation in particular, the 45-year-old is in top form.
Criticized after flop transfers: Once brought into office by Bayern patron Uli Hoeneß, Hasan Salihamidzic’s public appearances have bumped regularly since then. Recently, the number of flop transfers (Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca, Omar Richards, Jann-Fiete Arp, Michael Cuisance etc.) has increased in a frightening manner, while stars (David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Niklas Süle) went on free transfers. In the middle of this pressure phase, Salihamidzic is now delivering his best transfer summer.
Short, compact, clear
Newspaper celebrates Salihamidzic: The Munich “tz” euphorically celebrates the sports director as a “transfer genius”. He brings in Sadio Mané from Liverpool, Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui from Amsterdam – and Juve’s star Matthijs de Ligt is on the way. The newspaper praises the Bayern manager for his negotiation tactics, he saved the club 43.5 million euros because he pushed prices.
Hard work, enthusiasm and a strong team: What has always characterized Salihamidzic is his hard work – he works for Bayern around the clock. The breakthrough is now thanks to his enthusiasm. He convinced the players mentioned to want to play in Munich, which made negotiations with clubs easier – together with his technical director Marco Neppe, Oliver Kahn and coach Julian Nagelsmann.