If and when FC Köln is relegated to the 2. Liga after its catastrophic return to European competition in 2017, left-back and sometime defensive midfielder Jonas Hector will likely be among the casualties: his contract includes a release clause in the event of relegation for a sum of €7-8 million—a steal for an excellent player who has played 35 times for Germany.
According to Kicker, Borussia Dortmund is especially interested in the discount national player, although captain Marcel Schmelzer is their regular starting left-back, backed up by Raphaël Guerreiro. But Kicker has also learned that Bayern Munich are interested in Hector. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has reportedly already been in touch with the 27-year-old.
Whether Hector would join Bayern is another question: he would most likely have to content himself to be David Alaba's backup at left-back, while he might enjoy much more playing time elsewhere.
Bernat wants out; Rafinha deliberates
There is good reason why Bayern may be seeking a new second left-back. Per ESPN FC's Mark Lovell, Kicker's Thursday print edition revealed two more pieces of news regarding Bayern's left- and right-backs.
Juan Bernat wants to leave Bayern Munich according to kicker. Contracted until 2019, the German champions will not stand in the Spain defender's way.— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) March 21, 2018
Current backup left-back Juan Bernat, who joined Bayern from Valencia in 2014, will seek a new club after the current season with Bayern's blessing. Bernat is under contract until 2019. This summer will be Bayern's last opportunity to transfer him elsewhere for a fee.
On the right, the future of Brazilian right-back Rafinha is also uncertain. Bayern have reportedly made him a “very good offer,” but he has yet to commit himself. The club has given him a deadline as he makes up his mind whether to remain at Bayern for one more year or to rejoin his family in his native Brazil.
Meanwhile, Bayern defender Rafinha has been given a deadline to sign a new one-year contract at the club. "A very good offer" remains unsigned by the Brazil international whose current deal expires in the summer. - kicker— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) March 21, 2018