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Could Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman make a move to FC Barcelona? It does not take a Magic 8-Ball to figure out that it would be “unlikely.”

Bayern Muenchen v Olympiacos FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Kingsley Coman’s unfortunate injury history has prevented him from taking the pitch more than both he and Bayern Munich would like, but his scintillating talent has kept his name in the rumor mill even during these barren news days of the 2020 pandemic.

Sport Bild cited a report from Spanish-outlet Sport stating that FC Barcelona has interest in the 23-year-old speedster if the La Liga club fail to bring in Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar or Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez during the next transfer window. Sport Bild did not hold back in categorizing the rumor as “unlikely”:

The Frenchman is currently said to be a candidate for FC Barcelona if the preferred transfers of Neymar (28) and Lautaro Martinez (22) do not materialize. But is there anything to the rumor? According to SPORT BILD’s information, it is unlikely that Bayern would give him up. Coman (market value 40 million euros) still has a contract until 2023 in Munich. The 23-year-old is prone to injury, but when he is fit, he is always a weapon on the left wing.

The German publication went further to dispute the rumor by citing a recent quote from Coman on Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick. Coman said,

When he became head coach, he had already built up a lot of self-confidence and a friendship with the players that you don’t normally have with a coach. This helped to get the team back on track in a difficult time.

Coman has five goals and five assists in 24 games across all competitions this season, while missing 11 games and 81 days due to various injuries.


BFW Analysis

Coman’s pace and ability to instill fear in opposing defenses are both traits that would attract just about any top-tier club, including a powerhouse like FC Barcelona. Like Sport Bild ascertained, however, this rumor seems a bit out of place. Currently, Coman is an unquestioned starter for Bayern Munich when he is healthy.

One of the only scenarios that would likely cause Coman to think about a move would be if Bayern Munich brought back Ivan Perisic — AND — brought in both Manchester City star Leroy Sane and RB Leipzig scoring machine Timo Werner. At that point, the wing spot might be crowded enough to cause Coman to think about a move.