One of the persistent rumors of this summer has been the alleged mutual interest that Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais left-back Melvin Bard have in one another. While it may seem odd that a 19-year-old prospect would be eager to jump to a club that already has Canadian superstar Alphonso Davies entrenched as the starter, Bard might have his eyes on the opportunity to be a regular for Bayern Munich II and occasional back-up to Davies.
Per L’Equipe, Lyon is not eager to let Bard go and is willing to make some roster adjustments in an attempt to keep the youngster in-house. Management is willing to let Youssouf Koné move on in an effort to clear room for Bard in the starting XI. Koné has been a major disappointment since signing with Lyon last summer, while Bard’s potential has the club wanting to see more.
For its part, Bayern Munich has reportedly submitted an offer of just under €1 million that Lyon has allegedly rejected. Bard is leaving the French’s club bosses confused as to why he would prefer a move to a third-division German side over a top-tier Ligue 1 side, but that has not stopped Lyon from offering Bard a new contract that would run through 2024 and a significant raise.
Regardless, Bayern Munich has a decent track record for helping its reserve left-backs build up interest and subsequently move on to clubs that offer more advantageous opportunities. Both Juan Bernat and Marco Friedl were trapped behind former left-back (and current center-back) David Alaba during their respective tenures in Munich.
Both players, however, have asserted themselves nicely in new surroundings. Bernat has been a consistent contributor for Paris Saint-Germain, while Friedl has gotten far more game time at Werder Bremen than he ever would have received in Bavaria. Bernat has appeared in 29 games for PSG this season to date, while Friedl has expanded his duties to include playing center-back as he appeared in 32 games this season for Die Werderaner.
Anyway, we can file this ongoing situation as “to be continued.”