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Bayern Munich looking to loan Thomas Lemar, Atletico want to sell (Updated)

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He had zero goals and zero assists last season. Bayern are scraping the bottom of the barrel right now.

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There’s less than a week left for the transfer window to slam shut, and Bayern Munich is doing what it’s best at — loaning finished talents from La Liga. Instead of looking toward Real Madrid and Barcelona, this time the bosses have identified Atletico Madrid as a suitable target.

Who’s the man on the transfer list? None other than Thomas Lemar, the darling of the 2017 summer transfer window, and one of the heroes of the league-winning Monaco side from that year. According to Bild, the Bavarians want a loan deal, while Atletico Madrid want to sell. Why? It could be because the Frenchman got zero goals and zero assists in 29 games last season. That’s a horrendous return for any top-level forward — especially one that was bought for upwards of 60m euros back in the day.

Luckily Lemar is still young, so he could snap out of his slump if given the right environment. Atleti fans on the internet tend to say that he’s not compatible in Simeone’s defensive system, and he wouldn’t be the first forward to struggle in the wrong team. However, the fact that Bayern are yet again looking for a bargain-bin loan near the end of the transfer window shows that the club’s transfer dealings have gone awry for the second year in a row, which reflects poorly on the bosses and especially Brazzo.

If Lemar does come, we hope he can be a surprise success like Ivan Perisic was last season. Unlike the Croatian, he’s still young, so he could be an option for the future if he does turn out good. Whatever happens, Bayern desperately need winger reinforcements, given that Serge Gnabry has been playing non-stop since the season began, and Leroy Sane is already injured. Hopefully, the bosses get a good deal over the line. We really need it.


Update

Fabrizio Romano confirms: Bayern and Leipzig are the two clubs interested in Lemar. If a deal really is going to be done, let’s hope we don’t get gazumped again.