Winter transfers: FC Bayern’s five big questions

Updated on 02/01/2023 11:07

  • FC Bayern Munich has several concerns in mind during the winter transfer window.
  • The search for a replacement for Manuel Neuer is a priority, and FC Bayern should also seek a top player from a competitor.
  • Focus on the biggest construction sites of record champions.

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The winter transfer window is open. FC Bayern Munich have several issues to deal with as play resumes on January 20 with the away game against RB Leipzig. The following questions must be answered:

Who will replace Manuel Neuer?

The German national goalkeeper will not play again this season because he broke his lower leg while doing winter sports. A replacement is urgently needed because FC Bayern does not want a substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulrich and the inexperienced 19-year-old Johannes Schenk will start the season.

The new keeper should be found by Friday if possible, as the record champions will then travel to the training camp in Doha/Qatar. Alexandre Nuebelwho was loaned to AS Monaco from FC Bayern, apparently rules out a return and told ‘Bild’ newspaper: “It makes no sense for me to come back.”

A prospective candidate should Yan Summers from Borussia Monchengladbach. Moroccan World Cup hero Bono (Sevilla FC) or Argentinian world champion Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) would also be good options. The problem, however, is that only a stopgap solution is likely needed as Manuel Neuer is set to return as FC Bayern’s number 1 goalkeeper.

Will Konrad Laimer join Bayern?

Midfielder Konrad Laimer is considered Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann’s player of choice. The Austrian national player was already at RB Leipzig Nagelsmann defined as a regular player. Negotiations between Bavaria and Leipzig are said to have taken place this summer. A transfer fee of around 30 million euros was probably in the room. However, Leipzig did not let go of Laimer.

However, that could change this winter. The Austrian’s contract ends after this season. Unless he extends his contract, Leipzig can now only collect a fee. According to “kicker”, the negotiations between Bavaria and Leipzig are already well advanced.

What will become of Marcel Sabitzer?

Marcel Sabitzer moved from RB Leipzig to Munich in the summer of 2021 for a fee of around 15 million euros, but hasn’t been able to assert himself so far. Sabitzer was only able to present himself as one of the best players at the start of the season, when Leon Goretzka got injured.

Before the World Cup break, however, he was only a substitute and hadn’t featured in any of the last six Bundesliga games. The competition in central midfield is with Kimmich, Goretzka and Ryan Gravenberch very strong. If another competitor came to Laimer, Sabitzer would no longer be needed.

There are already potential buyers. The “tz” reports that according to the Italian portal “Calciomercato”, the top Italian clubs Juventus Turin, AC Milan and AS Roma are interested in Sabitzer.

Will Bayern Munich get rid of Bouna Sarr?

Bouna Sarr moved from Olympique de Marseille to FC Bayern Munich in October 2020 for a fee of around eight million euros. The 30-year-old failed to live up to expectations. He made just 13 Bundesliga appearances and was in the starting XI five times. Moreover, the right-back was badly injured. He hasn’t played at all this season due to knee surgery, but returned to racing training in early December and is closing in on a return.

However, coach Nagelsmann had previously hinted that he was unhappy with Sarr’s training performance. His contract with FC Bayern runs until the summer of 2024. If a buyer is found, FC Bayern should be ready to sell him.

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Will Benjamin Pavard leave Bayern?

France right-back Benjamin Pavard has revealed ahead of the World Cup that he is considering changing clubs. “Maybe it’s time,” he said in the ‘L’Equipe’ interview about a change of club. “Why not discover a new country, a new culture?” The contract of Pavard runs until the summer of 2024. If he really doesn’t want to extend his contract, a sale would be the logical option, either in the summer or even now in the winter.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says in ‘Sport Bild’: “We have big goals and we will try to solve this problem from the start. It doesn’t matter in which direction. We have to see what is best for both parties.” He also revealed that FC Bayern are already studying possible alternatives to Pavard.

Sources used:

  • Delay of Bayern’s in-house goalkeeper
  • kicker (101/2022): What would change with Laimer
  • Bayern star Sabitzer is about to leave the top club suddenly?
  • Sport Bild (51/2022): “We don’t just look at the goalkeeper position”

Manuel Neuer is out until the end of the season with a broken leg – and Bayern Munich have a goalkeeper problem. Does the record champion trust the “eternal” number 2 Sven Ulreich? What options does Munich have behind? And who would be available as a last resort in the winter transfer window? The SID provides an overview.

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