In a report by SPOX, Bayern Munich’s midfield for the future was discussed and it appears that Benfica-loanee Tiago Dantas will have an uphill battle to convince the Bavarians to trigger the purchase option on his loan agreement this summer:
At the moment it is unlikely that FCB will take the 7.5 million euro purchase option for the Flick darling loaned from Benfica in the summer, but a decision has not yet been made. Flick wants to give Dantas, who was previously only used for the second team, the chance to prove himself to the professionals.
Dantas still has time to impresses his bosses, but it might not be easy. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are first-choice, world-class options, who — when healthy — do not rest much. Aside of that duo, Bayern Munich also still has Marc Roca, Corentin Tolisso, Javi Martinez, and Jamal Musiala, who have all seen time in the central midfield.
Even with Martinez and Tolisso likely to leave in the summer, the Bavarians are already scoping other external options. Bayern Munich is heavily linked to Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus and Denis Zakaria, while also reportedly being interested in Stade Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga and Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella.
What seemed like a given for Dantas when the loan initially happened, might actually be in doubt.
In addition, SPOX also thinks it knows Bayern Munich’s final plans for prospect Torben Rhein, who recently extended his contract through 2022. The Bavarians will play the long game with Rhein and gradually progress him through the system on Säbener Straße “over the next 18 months.” Unlike Musiala or Alphonso Davies, Rhein will not be fast-tracked — at least at this point.
Meanwhile, SPOX also indicated that loanees Michaël Cuisance and Adrian Fein “have no prospects under Flick and should be sold permanently if possible.”
As for Tolisso and Martinez, the news was not exactly breaking given how the players have been used this season:
With Martinez, everything points to a free transfer and those responsible have been dissatisfied with Tolisso for a long time.
Whatever the case, it looks like it could be a busy summer for the Bayern Munich front office.