Bayern Munich II goalkeeper Christian Früchtl is likely headed out on a loan assignment this summer, but one of his potential landing spots is allegedly pulling out of the race for the talented 20-year-old.
Per a report from Augsburger Allgemeine (as captured by Abendzeitung), FC Augsburg will not be among the clubs in the race as a destination for the Germany youth international. Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter was perplexed at why his club was linked to Früchtl:
For me, it is baffling why FC Augsburg is being named there. These rumors have been completely made up.
Tomas Koubek, a 6-foot-6 Czech, is just 27-years-old and has seen the majority of the action in net for Die Fuggerstädter with 25 appearances across competitions this season. Unfortunately for Augsburg, Koubek has also allowed 53 goals in those games. Augsburg also counts 19-year-old goalkeeper Benjamin Leneis in its ranks, but it is unclear whether Leneis is in the immediate plans of the Bavarian club.
With Alexander Nübel transferring from Schalke 04 to Bayern Munich this summer and Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich already in tow for the senior team, there is a bit of a logjam in between the sticks on Säbener Strasse. In addition to Früchtl’s potential exit, Bayern Munich II back-up goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann is just 21-years-old and has let it be known that he wants an opportunity to be the “man” for the 3.Liga side.
It would seem that whether Augsburg is in play or not, Früchtl will go on loan somewhere with the intent of giving him the first-team experience he needs. The loan assignment would also ensure Hoffmann is given the chance to lead Bayern Munich II and that the club’s management can sort out how to best make the Neuer-Ulreich-Nübel triumvirate under Hansi Flick.