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Bayern Munich denies bid rumor on Espanyol’s Marc Roca

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Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca was rumored to be on Bayern Munich’s shortlist of transfer targets, but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied that any contact has been made between the clubs.

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According to a report from Goal, Bayern Munich Chief Executive Officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is denying that the Bavarians have submitted a bid on Espanyol midfielder and Spain international Marc Roca. Specifically, Rummenigge said there was “no contact” between his club and the La Liga side.

Despite the admission that the clubs have not communicated, Rummenigge at least conceded that he did have some working knowledge regarding Roca’s contractual status:

There has been no contact or negotiation with the club, but I understand he has a clause in the contract.

The aforementioned release clause was said to be the sticking point for Bayern Munich in at least one other report, but Rummenigge’s denial seemingly discounts the tweet below from Club de la Mitjanit (aka The Midnight Club, a Catalunya Radio/TV 3 program in Spain):

The Germans have made a proposal of 18 million + variables. Espanyol has rejected it because it refers to its release clause (€40M) #ClubMitjanit

Essentially, Rummenigge’s statement is a retort to this report. Assuming Espanyol wants the full €40 million fee, Bayern Munich might be reluctant to execute a release on Roca given the midfield depth it currently has on its roster.

In addition to midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara, Bayern has Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Javi Martinez, and Renato Sanches in its stable, plus Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard, who can both slide into a midfield role if needed. Roca would most likely be viewed as a back-up to Thiago, who has cemented himself as one of Niko Kovac’s first-choice options in Bayern’s 4-2-3-1 double pivot alignment.