According to a report by Toni Juanmarti of Diario Sport, Bayern Munich are eyeing the financial weakness of FC Barcelona as an opportunity to sign several of their players. After thoroughly devastating the Catalans on the pitch, it looks like Bayern are working to put the final nail in the coffin.
Per the report, the Bavarians are making contact with several key Barcelona squad members, looking to tempt them away with the promise of a stable project. The message being sent out is: “If you’re open to a new challenge, we’re here.” Given recent results in Europe, that “new challenge” is obviously the Champions League. Bayern Munich look like a contender, while Barcelona are far off the pace.
With Julian Nagelsmann at the helm, Bayern feel that they are an attractive destination for several key Barcelona players, being financially secure and competitive in Europe. Additionally, the feeling is that the Spanish giants could be persuaded to sell due to their current financial issues.
So who should Bayern be interested in? That’s probably worth another article on its own. While the Catalans no longer have Leo Messi, they still have plenty of exciting talent on their roster — players whom the Bavarians have pursued in the past. The likes of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Sergino Dest, and Riqui Puig have all been linked to Bayern at some point in the recent past, while others like Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele would also be welcome at the Bavarian capital.
Honestly, looking at it from a front office perspective, it would be silly to not at least try and sign someone from an obviously sinking ship. Brazzo and Kahn wouldn’t have to do much thinking to figure out where these players fit — it would be easy to convert someone from Barca’s playstyle into a Bayern one, especially with Nagelsmann around to facilitate the transition.
At Barcelona, they’re reportedly aware that several other big clubs are looking to take advantage of their current situation, but Bayern are considered the “major threat”. Will this threat materialize into something concrete? We’ll just have to wait and see.