Bayern Munich is not planning to spend a lot of money on a new center back, but the list of possible candidates is a bit disappointing.
“Jerome Boateng will not be returning to Munich,” the Bavarians announced on their website on Sunday. “If we look back two weeks ago, all four center backs in the Bavarian first team were injured before the game against Prussia Mönchengladbach, so Boateng took part in training with the team. Now Dayo Upamecano and Kim Min-Jae have recovered and the injury situation of Matthijs de Ligt has been eased,” the club explained.
The reason for Munich’s decision not to sign Boateng was due to personal issues. With Boateng still on trial for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, there was a lot of room for criticism and the club’s hierarchy wanted to avoid damaging their image.
While the deal fell through, it was clear that Munich needed a center back. On January 7, the English publication Sport Bild published a list of center backs that Munich could be looking at in the January transfer window. The names mentioned are somewhat shocking.
Trevor Chalobah, who was also wanted by Tuchel last summer, could convince Munich fans. However, the price is important. Chelsea wanted €50 million for the player last summer, and with Munich looking to spend big on defensive midfield reinforcements, they can’t afford to spend that kind of money on a backup center back.온라인카지노
If Chalobah is out of the question, the Bavarians would look to bring in Eric Dier and Shkodran Mustafi, at least temporarily. “Apart from Milan’s jewel Pierre-Karlulu, the other option considered is Dyer. Dier can also play as a defensive midfielder. His contract expires in June 2024. Mustafi is also a free agent and can leave immediately.”
No matter how urgent the need for a center back is, Munich is a team with its eyes on the treble. Even if it’s a backup center back, they need someone with some quality. That’s because if Kim, Upamecano, or Mathias der Licht are sidelined through injury or suspension, the backup center back will have to step up to the plate. Dier and Mustafi are not good enough to play in Munich at the moment.
Considering Dier, who has lost his place in the starting lineup at Tottenham, and Mustafi, who hasn’t even found a new team, should be a last resort. For now, let’s hope Tahc Buchmann returns from injury quickly.