Per a report from SPOX and Goal, Bayern Munich’s loan deal for Tiago Dantas was not just at the request of Hansi Flick, as has been widely believed. SPOX and Goal indicated that Bayern Munich’s scouting department had already scouted Dantas several times over the course of a few months and were heavily involved in making the deal happen.
In addition, the report states that the Bavarians were already aware that Angelo Stiller had intended to leave the club after the 2020/2021 campaign, which helped open the door to pursue Dantas:
According to information from SPOX and Goal, contrary to popular belief, the 55-year-old was by no means the sole puller behind the loan deal with Benfica.
The scouting team of the record champions around chief scout Marco Neppe observed Dantas several times over a period of months before the decision in favor of Dantas — also together with Salihamidzic — was made at the end of September 2020. At this point in time, the FCB squad planners were also aware of (Angelo) Stiller’s intentions not to extend his contract, which was due to expire in June 2021, and instead to switch to a first division club with the prospect of regular match play.
This report seems to downplay the commonly-held belief that Flick specifically pushed for Dantas. Whatever the case, Dantas and Bayern Munich will eventually sit down to figure out the 20-year-old’s future in the coming months.