Bayern Munich is a club that can pride itself with having one of the best rosters in world football. The team is studded with experienced veterans who are among the best in the world in their position, young talents who are taking the world by storm and solid bench options. However, all the glory and glitter aside, the club seems to be very thin at the moment when it comes to the right-back position.
Benjamin Pavard is Bayern’s only out-and-out starting caliber right-back. Bouna Sarr was signed from Marseille last summer to serve as a backup to Pavard, but he’s failed to impress and fallen out of the graces of both fans and the management. Miserable defending, lackluster attacking inputs and some glaring errors leading to goals conceded have meant that Sarr is probably not being considered a serious option.
Naturally, Bayern fans went into panic mode, and it looks like the club is now pursuing RBs from Barcelona. Since Sergiño Dest isn’t going anywhere, the Bavarians are now in talks to bring in Sergi Roberto (Goal). The Spaniard, who used to be Barcelona’s starting choice at RB has fallen out of favour following the rise of American teammate Dest, who seems a lock in for the starting role.
The player, who has a current market value of around €18 million (Transfermarkt) was a first team regular up until last season, when niggling injury issues set in, effectively sidelining him for the entire second half. It has been reported that he has struggled with injury problems since, but this would seem to be a great fit in Munich, where prior injuries seem to be a prerequisite for most transfers.
Although not exactly a star signing, Roberto gives Bayern another body to field at right-back in the event of any rotations or an injury to Pavard. Yes, Bayern have Niklas Süle to also serve as a backup, but his uncertain contract situation combined with the need for his presence at center-back mean that a backup right-back signing is necessary. The last time Bayern signed an RB from the La Liga, they won the treble.
So, do you think this would be a good signing for Bayern? Or would this end up yet another expensive buy/loan that would disappoint (again)?
Stay tuned for further developments.