Bayern Munich is entering a do-or-die summer with center-back Niklas Süle.
If the club cannot find a way to extend Süle’s deal early in the summer, it is widely-assumed that Bayern Munich will sell the center-back rather than risk losing him for free. According to a report from Sport Bild (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich has already held talks with Süle, but has not submitted a formal offer for the defender to review:
So far, the club has only held talks with Niklas Süle without submitting a concrete offer to extend his contract (expires in 2022). Should Süle be sold, the club will have to find a replacement [@SPORTBILD] pic.twitter.com/LvTHC3muoE— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 21, 2021
With David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and part-time center-back Javi Martinez all exiting Bavaria this summer, the club’s defensive corps is getting thin. Given how good Chris Richards has been on loan at Hoffenheim, there is even a strong sentiment for the Sinsheim club to do whatever it takes to keep the American. That would create an even bigger hole in Bayern Munich’s defensive gorup.
Dayot Upamecano is the team’s only formal signing at this point, though Bayern Munich has reportedly inked Reading FC’s Omar Richards as well (no official announcement has been made).
The only other wild card in the defensive group is Lars Lukas Mai, who has had a fantastic loan stint with SV Darmstadt 98. Mai, however, could also be sold.
Whatever the case, Chelsea is allegedly very eager to bring in Süle this summer, so Bayern Munich would do well to address the big defender’s situation if it truly wants to retain him.