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Dembélé: Matthäus against Bayern signing Barcelona winger

Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich president, has already been critical of Dembélé's actions, and so would lose credibility if signing him, says club legend.

Dembele, en un partido con el Barcelona.
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Former German international Lothar Matthäus believes that the president of Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness, would lose credibility if the club signed Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé.

Dembélé unlikely to change

The Bayern legend spoke with German newspaper Bild: "When I think about the scandals that Dembelé caused at Borussia Dortmund and at Barcelona, I see no reason to believe that he would behave differently at Bayern."

Matthäus also remarked that Hoeness was one of the strongly critical voices when Dembélé went on strike when at Dortmund to force through his transfer to Barcelona.

"Uli Hoeness had a clear position against Dembélé's strike at Dortmund. If Bayern sign him, they would have a problem of credibility," he warned.

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembélé back at training.

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembélé back at training.

Among the other potential signings that many believe are crucial if Bayern are to remain a contender for Champions League glory, Matthäus is clearly in favour of Manchester City's Leroy Sané. The German winger already knows many of the club's players, those that are compatriots of his, and would be able to adapt quickly to the club, possibly with more stability that Dembélé.

"With the Frenchman you don't know if he'll want to change league again after a year," he said.

Bayern are targeting four signings with at least one of them a winger following the departures of Robben and Ribéry.