A new report from L’Equipe (via TZ) suggests that Hansi Flick could be considering moves to bring Paris Saint-Germain duo Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer to Bayern Munich before the transfer window closes. Both Flick and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic have expressed their desire to sign a replacement winger after the departure of both Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, as well as purchase a backup right-back for Benjamin Pavard.
Bayern has also been locked in a bout of transfer poker with Barcelona for the signature of Ajax starlet Sergiño Dest. The latest reports coming out of Spain suggest that the American international is on the verge of signing for the Catalan giants after it looked like a move to Bayern was close for him. He seems to have had a change of heart last minute. For that reason, Flick may be forced to look elsewhere in the transfer market, and based on their positions, both Draxler and Kehrer could technically fill those spots.
German National Team manager Joachim Low has recently urged Draxler to make a move to a club where he can play more consistently, having spent a lot of his time in Paris as a bit-part player mostly coming off of the bench. Thilo Kehrer also faces the same fate now that PSG has signed Alessandro Florenzi from AS Roma on a season-long loan deal. Thomas Tuchel also has youth prospect Colin Dagba at his disposal at right-back and used him as recently as last week in PSG’s 1-0 win over FC Metz in Ligue 1.
The report also says that PSG are currently looking for somewhere around €60m for the pair of German internationals to help balance their books. All things considered, this is probably out of Bayern’s price range, but that’s not to say that smaller fees couldn’t be negotiated or potential loan deals, much like Bayern did with Perisic, Coutinho, and Alvaro Odriozola last season. Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Leeds United, and Zenit Saint Petersburg are all also interested in signing Draxler, so negotiating a smaller fee for him would like be the harder of the two. It’s reported that he earns up to €370,000 per week in Paris, so he’d more than likely have to take a salary cut if he came to Bayern.
While Kehrer and Draxler both might not be realistic options for Bayern, Flick won’t want to rule anything out until Dest makes his final decision. After all, it is still transfer season, a.k.a silly season, and strange things happen every window. What would you all think of Draxler and/or Kehrer at Bayern?