Bayern Munich believe that they can hang on to their prized asset until next season, but conflicting reports suggest they could also be considering a swap deal involving Real Madrid and Wesley Sneijder...Bayern Munich can fend off all the interest in Franck Ribery if they are determined to keep the player for another season, according to their general manager.
Uli Hoeness believes that because the French star has two years left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena, the German giants will not be pushed into letting him leave.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for Ribery this summer, while Manchester United are also said to be monitoring his situation.
"It will not be so difficult to keep him. Ribery has a contract for another two years and there is no buyout clause," Hoeness told the German press.
Ribery has refused to commit himself to Bayern amid the rumours and the Bundesliga club have also hinted that they could find a replacement for him if he were to leave.
UPDATE 6pm CET: German news publication reports that Bayern Munich are considering a player-plus-cash deal with Real Madrid for Franck Ribery, which would involve Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder heading to the Allianz Arena.
Sneijder is contracted to Los Blancos until 2012 and has stated his desire to remain with the club next season, but the opportunity to capture the signature of Ribery may see him included in any deal being brokered.
Zidane's impending return to the club on the proviso that Florentino Perez regains his presidency is also likely to have a bearing on the intensity with which Real Madrid pursue Ribery, given Zidane's admiration of his compatriot's abilities.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com