It now appears that Bayern Munich left back Juan Bernat is headed to Paris St. Germain after failing to usurp David Alaba since his arrival from Valencia in 2014 for a fee of €9 million. According to Sky Germany (via GFFN), negotiations for the Spaniard’s departure have reached an “advanced stage”.
The outlet (Sky Germany) claims that fee negotiations have reached an advanced stage and an agreement worth €14m plus bonuses is close.
This would appear to be solid business for the Bavarian Giants as they offload a fringe player for more than they originally paid, but in today’s market this is a relatively affordable deal for the Parisian club. Despite the clubs agreeing to terms, the player may impede the completion of the deal.
But the problem at the moment appears to be wage negotiations with the 25-year-old. Bernat wants €5m a year to make the move, which is currently a number that PSG are refusing to meet.
Considering Bernat’s underwhelming output in the Bavarian capital and the fact that he is Thomas Tuchel’s fourth target of the summer after failing to reach a deal for Filipe Luis, Danny Rose and Wendell, this wage demand seems unrealistic.
These demands may be resolved as it appears 25-year-old is on his way to Paris to iron out the details.
Bernat has undoubted quality going forward and at 25 he is probably seeking more consistent playing time than Die Roten can provide. With David Alaba in his role, Rafinha as a capable backup, and Marco Friedl returning from loan next summer the Bayern brass may view this as the opportune time to cash in on the Spanish international before he leaves on a free transfer next summer.