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Report: Bayern Munich has opened talks with Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus

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If the report is true, Bayern Munich is in the preliminary stage of talks with Florian Neuhaus.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - DFB Cup: Quarter Final Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

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:

With Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur among the clubs also eyeing Neuhaus, Bayern Munich has allegedly begun to ramp up its efforts. Tz picked up Shira’s report and added more context:

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.