A report from Italian journalist Nico Shira has some of the German media buzzing about a potential move by Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus to Bayern Munich.
While Neuhaus has been linked to Bayern Munich for months, a special connection between Neuhaus’ advisor, Christian Nerlinger, and Bayern Munich has reportedly led to initial discussions between the two parties:
#BayernMunich are really interested in #Gladbach midfielder Florian #Neuhaus. Opened talks with his agent Christian Nerlinger. Two english clubs (Liverpool and Tottenham) have also looked him in the last weeks. #transfers #BMG— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) March 7, 2021
It seems Florian Neuhaus is at the top of Bayern’s transfer wish list. Apparently, the flirtation has long since become concrete — the Gladbach midfield star could already wear red in the summer.
An old friend on Säbener Straße could play a decisive role: Christian Nerlinger is Neuhaus’ advisor, and the 47-year-old was sporting director at FC Bayern from 2009 to 2012. The official line is short — and as the Italian transfer expert Nicolo Schira reports, Munich has already made use of this. As a result, contact has already been made.
Nerlinger, of course, was a former Bayern Munich player as well as being the sporting director. If true, this would be a significant move financially and for the roster in Bavaria.
With Neuhaus’ exit fee at Borussia Mönchengladbach rumored to be at €40 million, Bayern Munich likely has the funds to make the move happen, but also has to assess how much sense it makes from a sporting perspective with Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich already manning the 10, 8, and 6 positions respectively.
In addition, Bayern Munich also has Jamal Musiala and Marc Roca as part of its midfield mix for next season, while Corentin Tolisso could also be back. Javi Martinez is expected to leave Bavaria and Tiago Dantas’ future is uncertain at best.
One other X-factor for Bayern Munich is the development of Torben Rhein. Rhein is one of the jewels of the Bayern Munich youth system and could potentially push his way into the discussion for a first-team spot at some point next season.