Per a new report from Sky Germany (via t-online), Bayern Munich is potentially interested in signing Nordi Mukiele from RB Leipzig. The 22- year old Frenchman has become a valuable asset in Leipzig’s back line due to his ability to play both as a right-back and center-back.
Mukiele featured a total of 35 times across competition for Julian Nagelsamnn, scoring 3 goals and providing 3 assists, most often being deployed as a right-back. Of course, his playing time was positively influenced by the long-term injury to Ibrahim Konate that occurred towards the beginning of the season. Both Marcel Halstenberg and Dayot Upamecano also missed a handful of matches throughout the season, which benefited Mukiele’s minutes. Mukiele also filled in at right mid on a handful of occasions this season, as Nagelsmann often preferred a 3-5-2 formation with two wide midfielders on either flank.
Mukiele’s contract with Leipzig runs through 2023, so if Bayern were to sign him, it would likely require a fee upwards of €20 million, which is his current market value per Transfermarkt. It’s suggested that Leipzig do not want to let him go at any cost right now, but he might be worried about the arrival of Benjamin Henrichs on loan from AS Monaco, to whom he might lose minutes. There are a lot of moving parts, but it will still take a decent sum of cash for Bayern to pry him away from Leipzig.
Bayern is currently in the market for a right back to help provide cover for Benjamin Pavard and their attempts to try and sign Sergino Dest from Ajax have been fleeting at best. Norwich City’s Max Aarons is also on Bayern’s shortlist for this summer as a backup defender. Reports at the end of July suggested Bayern had made contact with Norwich already, but there haven’t been any further developments regarding Aarons.
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