Bayern Munich would consider selling Owen Hargreaves if Manchester United are prepared to pay 30 million euros for the England midfielder, club president Franz Beckenbauer has declared.
Beckenbauer believes Bayern could use the transfer fee to find a suitable replacement.
It is the first time someone from Bayern has admitted that the club would be prepared to let Hargreaves go.
“You would have to think again if there really is this alleged 30 million euro offer on the table from Manchester United,” Beckenbauer told Bild.
“With that amount you could certainly accomplish a bit in the transfer market.”
Bayern Sporting director Uli Hoeness has previously ruled out a sale, despite
Hargreaves repeatedly urged Bayern executives to sell him to United.
Hargreaves extended his contract with Bayern in October 2005 and Beckenbauer believes that the player should not be allowed to leave purely becauser another club has offered him more money.
“It’s the right thing to not allow a player who has just extended his contract to go just because another club wants to pay him more,” Beckenbauer said.