In his press conference previewing this weekend’s clash against Schalke at the Allianz Arena, Hansi Flick did not rule out further transfer activity at Bayern Munich before the winter window closes at the end of the month. Bayern has already secured Alvaro Odriozola on loan from Real Madrid and Nicolas Kühn on loan from Ajax for the second team, but there’s still time for business to be done.
When he was asked whether the club might potentially make additional signings this month, Flick said that he’s satisfied with the additions they’ve already made, but admitted that anything can happen in a short period of time (AZ):
I’m satisfied so far. We have one alternative more; that gives us more flexibility. As long as the window is open, a lot can happen. So let’s first wait and see; for now, our focus is on the game against Schalke 04.
He also left it up in the air as to whether Odriozola would face Schalke so soon after completing his loan move from Real Madrid. The Spaniard expressed his eagerness to hit the ground running in his first press conference earlier this week, but has had only two training sessions with the rest of the squad. He was, acquired, of course, to give Joshua Kimmich the freedom to continue to play a midfield role, which is where Flick prefers to play him.
Defensive options were the top priority in this transfer window, the right-back position in particular. In addition to the signing of Odriozola, Bayern has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Domilson Cordeiro dos Santos, but it’s unlikely that Bayern will go in for yet another right-back before the window closes.
BONUS: Lucas Hernandez making good progress
Flick also gave an update on the fitness of Lucas Hernandez, who’s been working his way back from injury. Once he’s back fit, he’ll be like a new signing for Flick, giving him necessary defensive depth. He said the
Spaniard VERY, VERY Spanish Frenchman has been making good progress:
Lucas is making very good progress and today participated in the entire training session and did his thing well. Now we have to see how his ankle responds to the full load.