Franck Ribery has been at Bayern for 5 years now, and during this time has almost constantly been rumoured with a move away. This is not just idle press speculation. Franck himself fuels the fire, and had bad relationships with the previous Bayern boss Van Gaal, the current boss, and the owner.
Despite being a great player Ribery, still only 28, is a hard man to like. His actions often make Balotelli look like the school prefect. From teenage prostitutes, bullying teammates, and being part of the French teams disintegration at the last world cup, Franck is clearly an unstable character. His latest actions are snubbing his manager Jupp Heynckes handshake after being brought off in Bayern’s 1-0 to Basel. Bayern President Uli Hoeness has played down the event in unique style, telling press “All of you! You just keep talking about that handshake, ****s sake! Who wants to shake hands after such a match?! Are we at a boarding school for girls here or what?”. Clearly touched a nerve.
But even if Bayern want to play down the incident, Franck is not a happy bunny. This little strop may be another step for Ribery closer to the Bayern exit door. But with his reputation as a, how shall we put it, unique character, would any Premier League teams be willing to pay the 30 million rumoured to be needed?
With Scholes surely re-retiring soon Man United may be a good fit. But Sir Alex is known not to stand for such players and behavior, and would surely look elsewhere (Modric) first. Meanwhile City have enough on their hands already with Balotelli, Tevez, Dzeko, and pretty much the whole squad one spilled pint away from complete implosion. Chelsea have been interested before, but like City would AVB want to throw a firework into the tinder box of a dressing room?
All of this means Arsenal may have an opportunity to strike. Wenger has already been told he has money to spend this summer, and if they can maintain a Champions League place they will be a tempting destination for Ribery. However, would Ribery choose the slipping Arsenal over Italy, Spain or staying at Bayern? Arsenal may have to bid and find out.
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