The whispers are getting a lot louder out of Bavaria that Julian Nagelsmann will employ a back-three anchored by trio of center-backs that will be supported by a pair of fleet wing-backs.
Those rumors of a formation change are typically accompanied by a note stating that Nagelsmann does not believe incumbent right-back Benjamin Pavard will fit as a right wing-back.
Because Pavard can also play center-back, he still holds value on the roster, just maybe not where he typically played under Hansi Flick.
As for who will fit in on the right flank defensively, Bayern Munich is reportedly looking at Netherlands player and PSV Eindhoven right-back Denzel Dumfries. According to a report from Sky (as captured by Tz), Bayern Munich is interested in exercising Dumfries’ release clause, which is reportedly a €15 million fee:
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is said to have already sought contact with Dumfries’ advisor Mino Raiola and the record champions’ interest in the 25-year-old, according to information from Sky.
Allegedly, there have been talks between FC Bayern and Raiola before the EM. Official negotiations between Munich and PSV Eindhoven? Nothing. However, the right-back is said to have a release clause in his contract that runs until 2023 in the amount of 15 million. Dumfries would like to concentrate exclusively on the EURO at the moment and only then deal with his sporting future.
Dumfries, who is 25-years-old, is the sort of flexible player that Nagelsmann would like for his roster as he can float as a right-back or right-wing should Nagelsmann seek to use flexible formations:
The new FCB coach Nagelsmann is apparently planning to act with a three-man or five-man chain in the coming season. He does not see world champion Benjamin Pavard at right-back as an ideal solution — Dumfries with his speed and dynamism would allegedly be more to the taste of the new coach.
The FCB bosses had recently stated again and again that there would be no more major transfers. With the relatively low exit clause from Dumfries, Oliver Kahn and Co. may turn a blind eye to their need to save. Especially since with a Dumfries commitment there would be no more space for Bouna Sarr and he could be sold, which would also wash some money into the FCB coffers.
Pavard had a very good season in 2020/2021 after recovering from a slow start in which he was likely still recovering from the injury he sustained late in the 2019/2020 campaign.