Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gives his squad stability in between the sticks, but the situation behind the 2014 World Cup winner is in flux.
Per a report from Bild, there could be a huge shake-up behind Neuer in the coming days and weeks. According to the German outlet, this is how things look behind Neuer:
- Alexander Nübel: The back-up goalkeeper and ex-Schalke 04 man wants out. Whether it is a loan or a sale, the 24-year-old wants to be with a club where he can play regularly. That might not happen for at least another two full seasons at Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and AS Monaco have all been listed as potential landing spots.
- Ron-Thorben Hoffmann: The Bavarians formally exercised their right to extend Hoffmann’s deal earlier today (per kicker). Hoffmann has turned in a stellar season on a very inconsistent Bayern Munich II side and has a decent upside. The assumption that this extension for Hoffmann is not designed to actually keep him on Säbener Straße, however. Bayern Munich could still sell Hoffmann this summer as Wolfsburg is reportedly very interested in the 22-year-old. The big risk for Bayern Munich with Hoffmann was the risk that it could have lost him for free this summer — something that the Bavarians were not eager to do. Today’s news gives the club a chance to make a profit on the player.
- Christian Früchtl: Once considered the jewel of Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper crop, Früchtl had a non-eventful loan stint at FC Nürnberg, which has left Früchtl feeling like he lost a year in this career. The 21-year-old is yet another young goalkeeper that needs playing time — something that will not be happening with the first-team at Bayern Munich. In every way, Früchtl’s loan assignment was a disaster, as he did not make one appearance for Der Club.
So...what happens if all three players leave?
Arminia Bielefeld’s Stefan Ortega has been listed as a potential back-up acquisition, but whoever Bayern Munich brings in will likely be a low-cost option. The Bavarians are not very keen to spend a lot of money on this summers transfer market after bucking up for Dayot Upamecano and Julian Nagelsmann.