In what would be considered a shocking turn of events, Bayern Munich will not be exercising the purchase option on Benfica loanee Tiago Dantas.
The highly-touted, but extremely-slight midfielder would be available for just €7.5 million to the Bavarians, but sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic allegedly has other ideas for what he wants for the future of his midfield:
The report from Sport1 indicates that not many have been overly impressed by Dantas on Bayern Munich’s campus and asks the question on why Dantas would be a priority over a player like Angelo Stiller:
However, a successful third league debut against 1. FC Kaiserslautern (0-0), in which Dantas was the best player on the pitch in 90 minutes, was followed by another six appearances, which are described as mediocre around the Bayern campus. So far, he has not been involved in any goals. Dantas, who possesses fine technique, was able to provide little impetus at Bayern II and also struggles physically.
Under Flick, the four-time Portuguese U20 international last sat on the Bayern bench for the first time against Mainz 05. A decision that was met with astonishment on campus. True to the motto: Why Dantas and not, say, FCB’s own Angelo Stiller?
If true, this could be considered a big blow to Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, who pushed for Dantas’ initial loan. Dantas was widely considered the only player that Flick got for the roster, whom he really wanted during the summer transfer window. The rest of Bayern Munich’s transfers moves were all considered “Brazzo” deals for the club.
If the report reveals itself to be true, Dantas will head back to Lisbon where he will be under contract with Benfica until 2024.