Thiago Alcantara has been at Bayern Munich for the past seven years, after transferring to the club from FC Barcelona. In this time, he’s dominated in midfield with his elegance and fantastic all-around game, helping the team win many championship’s along the way. Unfortunately, it now seems extremely likely that the Spaniard will leave the Bavarians this summer — with Liverpool the current front-runners. But just how will Bayern deal with such a large loss? SPORT1 has the answers.
The preeminent questoin is whether Corentin Tolisso also leaves the club. If a strong offer comes in for Bayern’s number 24, he could very well leave. If no such offer presents himself and he stays, however, he would provide excellent depth in centre mid, potentially rendering an additional signing redundant. Given the jam packed schedule next season, Tolisso would likely still get many opportunities to show his qualities, even if he is not a starter for big matches.
If Tolisso leaves, the preferred option is to sign a central midfielder who could step into the places of Leon Goretzka or Joshua Kimmich if needed. This signing would not be extremely expensive — for example, a €100 million for Kai Havertz. Furthermore, the target would likely be a relatively young player who could develop into a top class midfielder in the future.
One such replacement could be Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombélé — who Bayern have allegedly inquired about. The 23-year-old has been dreadful for the North Londoners this season but has shown glimpses of top notch quality in the past. Bayern could be the perfect place for him to revive his career.
Another name bandied about in recent rumours has been Ivan Rakatic. But unsurprisingly, these rumours are not true, and Bayern aren’t willing to take on the ageing Croatian.
Another route to go down, would be to trust in youth. Likely Michael Cuisanse and Tanguy Nianzou. Both Frenchmen are fantastic talents with potential to reach the very top. They both are already at a good enough level to contribute for Bayern regularly.
Cuisanse got a few starts under his belt at the end of this season and generally performed decently. Nainzou played considerably over the campaign for PSG — a feat not mustered by even some of football’s top prospects in recent times. The Parisians are aggrieved that he’s left the club. It must be for good reason.
One thing is for sure: the departure of Thiago will not be as catastrophic as was thought a few months ago. Bayern have many good ways to fill the master-burglar sized void in the squad. It will be interesting to see what they do.