FC Bayern started preparing for the hot phase of the season on Tuesday. First, medical checks and performance diagnostics on Säbener Straße.
However, the absence of captain Manuel Neuer is particularly heavy. The Munich number one broke his lower leg while skiing in early December, which put him out of action for the entire second half of the season. A circumstance that jeopardizes the ambitious goals of Bayern.
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Sven Ulreich, who apart from a one-year hiatus at HSV (2020/21) has been under contract with FCB since 2015 and has represented Neuer on several occasions in recent years, apparently would not be capable of the long-term replacement role by the managers – the search for a replacement is therefore ongoing. New deputy currently in full swing.
Slowly but surely time is running out, after all the new goalkeeper should ideally be part of the Bayern entourage who set off for the six-day training camp in Qatar on Friday. Eurosport closely examines the best candidates.
Alexandre Nubel (AS Monaco)
Nübel moved to the Isar in the summer of 2020 as a new prospective successor, but never rose above the substitute role during his time in the Bavarian state capital. Neuer’s reluctance to give his would-be heir game time prompted the Paderborn native to flee a year later.
The former Schalke player joined AS Monaco on loan and immediately became number one in the principality. Although his loan deal with the Ligue 1 club runs until the end of the season, Nübel would actually be the more obvious and cheaper option.
Alexander Nübel in the jersey of AS Monaco
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He added: “I realized here how important games are. I don’t want to miss it anymore. It makes no sense for me to come back.” Nübel, who had regularly ruled out lining up behind Neuer again in the recent past, went on to explain: “I don’t know how serious Manuel’s injury is. But I think it will start this summer, at most. late in preparation for next season, he will be fit again.”
However, the decision is neither in his hands nor those of Bayern. Monaco are expected to give the green light for a move to Munich. Although the German series champion has a clause with which he can order Nübel back to Germany, this does not apply to the winter transfer window.
According to information from the “kicker”, AS have so far blocked Bayern’s first opening attempts. “You should give the signal first that you want to do it,” said Nübel, who added, “I think it will be very difficult.”
Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Trapp, who was called up to the German national team’s World Cup squad after his strong performances last season, would be an absolutely optimal fit, and his commitment would send a clear signal to veteran Neuer. Because: Trapp would rightly claim to permanently guard the Munich goal, a player of his stature is by no means willing to play second fiddle.
However, it currently seems unlikely that Bayern bosses will match their long-standing support for a competitor of such quality. Moreover, Frankfurt have no interest in letting their favorite and most successful fans go, sporting director Markus Krösche was clear about the rumors in the ‘Wiesbadener Kurier’ and called the speculation ‘completely absurd’.
Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt
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On the contrary, the Hessians are currently trying to extend Trapp’s contract (until 2024, editor’s note). The former PSG goalkeeper had already impressively underlined his love for Eintracht this summer and dismissed English champions Manchester United.
“Yesterday I informed the officials of both clubs that I had opted for Eintracht,” Trapp said via Instagram at the time. “It is true that there is a written offer. Manchester United are a global club. I hope everyone can understand that I am processing such an offer and thinking about it,” he said. , adding: “I am with you here Eintracht lived something unforgettable and we made history together.”
In retrospect, Trapp should have confirmed in his decision this story, which resulted in a qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League after the sensational success in the Europa League.
Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
The Swiss outdid himself several times in Gladbach’s outfit against Bayern. Lately, he made FCB’s attack desperate at the end of August, and in the end the Foals stole a point at the Allianz Arena (1-1) thanks to his brilliant performance.
It’s no wonder Bayern’s fear kicked in after Neuer’s injury. Sommer has been playing for Borussia for eight and a half years, and at 34 a move to a top club is quite tempting.
Yann Sommer can imagine moving to Munich
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Sommer’s contract expires this summer, so the winter transfer window would be the last chance to generate a transfer fee for the Swiss. However, finding a suitable replacement could be difficult. After a disappointing pre-season, Gladbach have their sights set on international places once again, and the Bas-Rhin XI are currently in eighth place with 22 points.
For Sommer and Bayern, however, a commitment would be a win-win situation, at least in the short term. Sommer could play for three major titles at the same time, the Munich team would have a top-notch goalkeeper in their ranks.
But what would be the situation if Neuer returned after recovering from injury? Would Sommer have a realistic chance of fighting for dominance in the box with Neuer or should he move on after six months?
A question that symbolizes Bayern’s current dilemma. It’s still complicated.
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