In the 2019/20 campaign, Bayern Munich has increasingly positioned Joshua Kimmich in midfield, where he himself, prefers to play and does so for the German national team. However, due to Bayern’s injury woes, Kimmich has been forced to feature, once again, at right-back. As a result, Bayern is interested in signing a new right-sided defender in the transfer window to enable Kimmich to move to midfield on a permanent basis.
Now according to Bild, Lukas Klostermann of RB Leipzig could potentially fill Bayern’s vacant right-back role.
Many factors speak for a potential Bayern move for Klostermann. Firstly, Klostermann is already the de facto starter for Jogi Löw’s German side, where he has racked up playing time against the best in the world, and alongside many Bayern players, including Kimmich himself. Klostermann has also gained experience as part of a strong Leipzig defense — so strong, in fact, that it has conceded only 20 goals in the current Bundesliga season.
Moreover, contract talks between the right-back and Leipzig seem to have broken down, meaning Klostermann will be going into the final year of his contract come the summer. Therefore, his price is likely to be lower and Leipzig will be more likely than ever to cash in — potentially to the tune of 30-35 Million Euros.
In addition, Bild suggests that Leipzig may already be eyeing a replacement for Klostermann, none other than Bayern’s other alleged target Benjamin Heinrich. If RB Leipzig truly is interested in replacements, it means that Klostermann will very probably leave Leipzig this summer. If he is available, this would be a transfer that makes sense from a Bayern perspective. It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out: will the front office of Hasan Salihamidzic and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge go for this transfer?