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Bayern Munich out of race for Stade Rennais’ Jeremy Doku

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Who didn’t see that coming?

Belgium v Italy - UEFA Euro 2020: Quarter-final
Doku blazes past Verratti during Belgium’s clash with Italy.
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Belgium youngster Jeremy Doku (19) caught the eyes of many big clubs across Europe with some great performances for his country at the Euros. Deployed primarily as a winger, Doku can also play as a right-wingback or an attacking right-back, bringing him to Bayern Munich’s attention. The Bavarians could make great use of a player with such versatility, especially if he can play as a right fullback/wingback, a position crucial in coach Nagelsmann’s system.

Now however, recent reports from AZ (initial source: Sky Germany) suggest that Bayern may be out of the race for Doku, since the player has been deemed too expensive. The reported price tag is around 26 million euros, while the transfer market evaluation sets his current value at 33 million euros. Stade Rennais wish to keep the winger, with Doku’s contract running all the way to 2025.

It seems unlikely that the player will be moving anywhere anytime soon, and a move to Bavaria certainly looks very unlikely. Bayern Munich don’t seem ready to splash any more cash this summer, having already brought in Upamecano and coach Nagelsmann for a combined 67.5 million euros.

The RB position continues to be an area with little depth (yes, Bayern have Bouna Sarr as a backup full-back, but he isn’t much of an option considering his performances last season), so unless Nagelsmann miraculously transforms Sarr into a top attacking full back, not bringing in a backup for the position may come to bite the club deep into the season.