In what might be the most important parley between opposing sides since Omar Little and Stringer Bell were brought together by Proposition Joe in the fine city of Baltimore, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidizic and newly-inked manager Hansi Flick have reportedly ended their schism over how to move forward with summer transfers.
Recent reports indicated Salihamidzic was pushing to bring in Manchester City winger and Germany international Leroy Sané, while Flick was staunchly supporting a move for RB Leipzig dynamo Timo Werner. The latest news from Sport Bild (as captured by the estimable Manuel Veth for Transfermarkt) states that the two opposing sides have been brought together and agree on how to proceed this summer.
Per the Transfermarkt story:
The club officials have agreed, in principle, that Sane, Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) would be all an excellent fit for the club. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic, however, means that the club is going to be able to sign one of the three. Werner has an exit-clause and could be signed for just €55-€60 million. It would be the most economical solution for the club, especially as Werner can play various positions.
On the bright side, there is no internal strife and the disagreement over who Bayern Munich should pursue seems to be over. Of course, ANY of those aforementioned players would be a key building-block for the future of the Bavarians and would absolutely give Bayern Munich fans a reason to anticipate the start of the 2020-2021 season.
The pandemic-induced fiscal restraints, however, seem to be pointing in the direction of Werner, whose price tag could be anywhere from €40m to €60 million less than either Sané or Havertz based on spit-balled figures floating around the rumor mill. Per Transfermarkt, a move for Werner would also reportedly free up funds to sign a right-back where Bayern Munich currently starts Benjamin Pavard, now that Joshua Kimmich has permanently moved to the central midfield.
Alaba might be staying at center-back
Another note from the Sport Bild report that was captured by Veth was that David Alaba could be considered a long-term solution as a central defender. Alaba has been excellent in shifting to a central position after years as a terrific left-back. Veth writes,
Bayern also want to sign a right-footed center-back and another left-back as both David Alaba and Lucas Hernández are expected to compete for the left-footed center-back position.
David Alaba, who was part of transfer speculations last week, has appreciated the positive feedback that he received from CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The Austrian and his management are open to discuss a new contract in Munich.
A right-footed center-back would compete with Niklas Sule, who may or may not be fully recovered from his devastating knee injury in time for next season.
As discussed in a BFW piece on Monday, it could have been safely assumed that Flick and Salihamidzic worked through their reported disagreement over transfer targets before Flick signed his new deal.
Despite the seemingly perfect fit of Sané in the wing rotation and the awesome potential of Havertz, Werner’s terrific nose for the goal, speed, versatility, and lower cost might make him the man in Bayern Munich’s crosshairs this summer.
All three players would be an asset to the Bavarians, but the current financial climate could force Bayern Munich to play the long game for any or all of the aforementioned trio. Sané is just one year away from being available on a free transfer in the summer of 2021, while Havertz’s deal with Bayer Leverkusen expires in 2022. The leverage that both Manchester and Die Werkself maintain over their players is waning by the day. Werner’s deal with RB Leipzig ends in 2023.
As for Alaba, his transition to center-back has been fantastic and has opened up a spot for Alphonso Davies to show the world his talents. With the versatility of Alaba and Hernandez, there is no reason why Flick cannot manage keeping those three happy — and healthy — on the left side of the defense for years to come.