Friedl, who made the move to the Weser Stadium in January of 2018, has been scarcely used this season, but has impressed the Werder Bremen bosses with his ability.
Werder Bremen wants to sign Marco Friedl (21) as a permanent member of FC Bayern. “We are working on binding Marco to us. He feels the trust of the coaching team here and feels comfortable,” said manager Frank Baumann on Thursday. “We are in talks with the Bavarians, and the ideas are not far apart.” The Austrian defender has been on loan from the record champion since January 2018 and until next June. His contract in Munich is valid until 2021.
Friedl has only made six appearances total in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal this season. Overall, Friedl has played 407 minutes and tallied one assist.
Friedl’s pathway to playing time with Bayern is effectively dead. Despite those pipe dream David Alaba-to-Arsenal rumors out there, the 26-year-old Austrian likely won’t be going anywhere and will effectively be an insurmountable roadblock for his younger countryman.
In addition, with Lucas Hernandez arriving from Atletico Madrid, Niko Kovac will be able to use the 23-year-old Frenchman for depth at left back. Essentially, Bayern has already moved on without really making it official. Friedl is at a stage of his career where he needs to be competing for regular field time and that door appears to have closed for him in Munich.