Former scout Bjorn Andersson has lifted the lid on the darker side of young player transfers, by claiming that he was "offered money" in order to help bring certain agents' players to Bayern Munich.
65-year-old Andersson worked in recruitment for the German champions for more than two decades, after a distinguished playing career, and told the Swedish podcast Lundh , via ESPN : "I've been offered money myself if I could bring this or that player to Bayern."
Andersson stressed he had never considered accepting any such proposal from agents to take one of their clients in exchange for a bribe, but hinted that he was aware that substantial amounts of money had changed hands within football in similar deals.
"I could own a few houses these days along the Croatian coast," he joked.
"Agents come and say: 'Make sure this player comes to Munich and then you'll get this much in return.'
"But I got paid by Bayern and fortunately I've never crossed over to that side. Everyone involved knows this is not always a clean business."
Ex Swedish World Cup player, Bjorn Andersson - talent scout & youth coach at FC Bayern Munich joins the fray. pic.twitter.com/XdoeGKpSVL
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"I would never enter into that, then you're stuck. They are mafia methods," Andersson added.
The two-time European Cup winner also sensationally claimed that Croatian trio Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Eduardo were all offered to him while playing for Dinamo Zagreb.
Interestingly, ESPN also note that in 2016, former Dinamo chairman Zdravko Mamic was charged with abuse of power and bribery along with his brother, former Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic, and ex-director Damir Vrbanovic.