A new report in print by Sport Bild (teaser at Bild+) claims to have new information about Bayern Munich’s aggressive summer transfer agenda, as indeed suggested by club president Uli Hoeness’s recent declaration that Bayern had already arranged several incoming transfers in the near future that had yet to be announced.
All of the names on Sport Bild’s list are very familiar, starting with Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez. Bayern had deliberated activating Hernandez’s release clause already this past winter, but relented for the sake of its relationship with Atletico. Bayern now plan to acquire him this summer. According to Sport Bild, Bayern has relied on agent Giovanni Branchini to finalize the deal. At any rate, Atletico can do nothing once Bayern hands over the fee to release Hernandez.
Second on the list is none other than German national striker Timo Werner. According to Sport Bild, Werner’s agent, former German national player and footballer of the year (1982) Karlheinz Förster, has come to terms with Bayern regarding Werner’s transfer from Leipzig to Munich. Werner, however, is under contract with Leipzig until 2020, and the Lawnballers have been holding out hope that he may sign an extension. Leipzig cannot, however, afford to let him leave on a free transfer.
19-year-old wunderkind Kai Havertz is the third name Sport Bild put on Bayern’s list. Havertz is under contract until 2022, and Bayern thus cannot officially negotiate with him. But they may already be planning an offer to Bayer Leverkusen for the offensive midfielder that many critics regard as a combination of Mesut Özil and Michael Ballack. Sport Bild estimates an offer of €65m to persuade Rudi Völler to let Havertz go.
And of course Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi remains a target. Bayern are allegedly determined to finalize a deal for the starlet this summer, having been thwarted this past winter. Bayern allegedly are prepared to offer €30m for Hudson-Odoi in the summer. Like Werner, Hudson-Odoi’s contract runs out in 2020, and Chelsea (which now faces a transfer ban imposed by FIFA) cannot (or should not) afford to let the youngster walk for nothing.For now, of course, Chelsea have bigger problems.
Last but not least, Bayern already will welcome VfB Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard this summer. And Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp could decide to join Bayern this summer or the next.