In a recent episode of the “kicker meets DAZN” podcast, VfB Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat revealed that he could’ve had Niklas Süle sign for Borussia Dortmund back when he was the head scout for them.
At the time (approximately 2012/2013), Süle was playing for TSG Hoffenheim’s U-19s as well as Germany’s U-17s alongside Marian Sarr, who Dortmund wound up signing in 2013 (Tz). Of course, Süle went on to work his way to Hoffenheim’s senior squad and played there until joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017.
“A real missed transfer was Niklas Süle. Back then he played with Marian Sarr in the U-17 national team. We finally decided in favor of Sarr and against Süle,” Mislintat explained on the podcast. Since then, Sarr had only gone on to make a total of three appearances for Dortmund’s first team and after moving around between a few different clubs in Germany, he now plays his club football with Bonner SC in the Regionalliga-West.
By stark contrast, Süle has gone on to become a prominent defender in both Bayern’s setup as well as the German national team and has drawn interest from top clubs across Europe. Chelsea are highly interested in signing him if a new contract at Bayern doesn’t get sorted.
Mislintat also mentioned that Kylian Mbappe was, at one point, available for a free transfer when he was with AS Monaco. In retrospect, the thought of being able to get Mbappe on a free transfer is absolutely ludicrous, but Mislintat that so many clubs were interested in him at the time, so “there was no access at the time.” He also added, “There were a lot of teams involved. But we didn’t have a chance to win that. If you had been able to steal Mbappe from Monaco for free, it would of course have been a mega-deal.” Of course, after Monaco’s Ligue 1 title triumph in the 2016/2017 season, Mbappe wound up moving to Paris Saint-Germain permanently after a season-long loan spell.