Niklas Sule’s future at Bayern Munich has been a topic of discussion for the better part of the past six months. The center-back’s contract with the club expires next summer and he’s yet to agree on a new deal. Chelsea has previously expressed interest in signing the 25-year-old, but per a new report from Sport Bild, Bayern would only consider letting Sule go for a double-digit million euros fee. If a decision has not been made by this Christmas, Bayern will decide what to do with him then.
Sule has a lot to consider. He has one year left on his contract and will be returning from Euro 2020 holiday to a new manager in Julian Nagelsmann and new center back competition in Dayot Upamecano. Chelsea has cooled off in their interest of signing him, and Bayern’s ultimatum that they won’t let him go for a transfer fee that’s not in the double digit millions adds some pressure. Are there any clubs currently that would be willing to pay that sort of fee for him this summer?
Additionally, Nagelsmann and Sule know each other well from their time at Hoffenheim. While Sule might not be in Nagelsmann’s preferred starting eleven, he still feels that the defender has it in him to reach a top class level. In an interview earlier this month, Bayern’s new manager had said, “If he has the insight to work on his deficits and now is getting a coach who has known him since the U-16 team, I’m confident that he will get his engine revving again. I’ve already talked to him about that. He knows he has to do something. But I think very, very highly of him.”
For the short term, it would (arguably) be in Bayern’s best interest to keep hold of him for now given the injury to Lucas Hernandez. The French international will likely miss the begininning of Bayern’s Bundesliga campaign due to his meniscus injury. Likewise, while he’s not a center back, Alphonso Davies will likely also miss the beginning of the season with an ankle injury of his own. Nagelsmann will already have thing depth in defense, so losing Sule this summer could prove to be too costly, unless they already have a specific target in mind of who they could quickly sign to replace him before the transfer window closes.