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Transfer Rumor: Bayern Munich loosely tied to Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens

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The Germany international has an expiring contract, but a similar asking price to other Bayern targets.

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After bowing out of the UEFA Champions League early, it seems that all options are on the table for a potential reload at Säbener Straße.

Italian outlet TuttoSport (via AZ) claims Bayern Munich are in competition with other European giants for the services of Germany international and Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens. A product of various academies in Germany and the Netherlands, Gosens is typically deployed as a left-back in the Atalanta system, but has been used at left-wing by both Germany boss Joachim Löw and Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.

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Could Bayern Munich have interest in Robin Gosens?
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It should be clarified that this is a loose link to Bavaria. TuttoSport’s mention of Bayern came in the subheading of their article within the context about efforts to bring him Juventus. The subheading also mentioned links between him and Manchester City, but they were also not mentioned further in the article.

This hesitation and skepticism was echoed in the Abendzeitung München blog post, especially when it came to Atalanta’s rumored €40 million price tag for the player who is not in a position of need at the Allianz Arena:

It seems questionable, however, that Bayern will spend such a sum on a left-back in the Corona summer.

Even former Bayern President Uli Hoeneß has expressed doubt over Gosens’ ability and necessity. In the aftermath of Germany’s 2-1 loss to North Macedonia — a game which Gosens started before being subbed off for Amin Younes in the 56’ — Hoeneß expressed hesitancy in bringing him in for the DFB squad for the upcoming Euros:

When asked whether he would nominate the 26-year-old for the European Championship, Bayern’s honorary president replied that he had “not convinced i him, for me this is a player who is not really needed.”

Considering Bayern is significantly more stable at left-back than other positions — and that the team has more pressing areas to fill — it seems that this rumor could be put on ice for now.