Bayern Munich have conceded for the first time that they could sell Owen Hargreaves to Manchester United.
The Bundesliga outfit have spent months fending off interest from United for the England midfielder, but their general manager Uli Hoeness has now admitted that they might sell if they can find an affordable replacement.
“If ever we found a replacement for Owen, who cost less than we’d get for him, we might be prepared to think about it,” said Hoeness in The Sun.
However, Hoeness acknowledged that they would prefer to retain Hargreaves.
“We face Real Madrid in the Champions League so we’re not about to weaken our team,” he added. “We’re not a bank, we’re a football club.
“Our priority is to strengthen the team and we need Hargreaves for that.”