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Benjamin Henrichs had turned down Bayern Munich in the past, reveals agent

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Will Karl-Heinz Rummenigge be finally able to bring Henrichs to the Allianz Arena, or will the history repeat itself?

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As a part of letting Joshua Kimmich play permanently in the midfield, the front office of Bayern Munich have been flipping through options to sign a new right-back during the winter transfer window. They are reported to be interested in Benjamin Henrichs, who currently plays for AS Monaco.

According to Henrichs’s agent Ali Bulut, the Bavarians already wanted to sign the defender a few years back — in 2016, to be exact. Bulut had a feeling at the time that it was too early for Henrich to sign a contract with the record champions. He told t-online:

I had an offer from Bayern for Benjamin Henrichs in 2016, a contract ready to be signed for the 2017/18 season, but I was convinced that Benny still needed another year or two before he could transfer to FC Bayern. Bayern then eventually shared this opinion. It doesn’t make sense to burn a young man out.

Bayern Munich is not the only Bundesliga team interested in Henrichs. Before Bayern joined the race for his signature, RB Leipzig was already in contact with the former Bayer Leverkusen star. The player hasn’t commented on his future yet, but instead has had his agent speak for him. Bulut added:

Hasan Salihamidzic is sly; he knows how the business works. But: if he fails to convince Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, there won’t be any transfer.

If done, this is a transfer that would help Bayern to partially solve the crisis in the back line and thus to let Kimmich move permanently to the midfield.