After a significant amount of speculation regarding whether Alexander Nübel will or will not sign for FC Bayern, we officially have word that he will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer and will sign a 5-year deal:
Now that Nübel will officially join Bayern this summer, the next big question will be what role he plays. In a move that very sharply mirrors Manuel Neuer’s exit from Schalke in 2009, it would make no sense for Nübel to join Bayern if he was not getting game time. That said, it appears that there will a be split time between Neuer and Nübel. We’ve reported earlier this week that there seems to be some conflicting reports regarding that, which you can read here.
The ramifications of the transfer will soon be felt. Bild reporter Christian Falk says that Christian Früchtl will consider a loan — which he was already considering independent of Nübel’s arrival — and second-keeper Sven Ulreich may indeed leave the club rather than become the de facto number 3 keeper.
Update goalkeeper Situation @FCBayern: Christian Früchtl thinks about a loan. Sven Ulreich told me a in october that if Bayern will really sign Nübel, he has to think about a transfer (at that time he didn't believe me that it would happen)— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) January 4, 2020
Bayern reportedly have also denied any intention of sending Nübel out on loan. In Falk’s words, “The situation between Neuer and Nübel will be the same like Neuer vs Ter Stegen in the national-team. There is competition.”
Regardless, it is an exciting signing, especially getting one of the world’s best young goalkeepers for free. It improves the squad as a whole.