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Bayern Munich in “advanced talks” with RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer as Corentin Tolisso’s future hangs in the balance

Before the transfer window closes, Bayern would ideally like to sign Sabitzer and sell Tolisso, if feasible.

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By now, Bayern Munich’s interest in trying to sign Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig is well known. The club has made their intentions clear that they would like to sign the Austrian midfielder and Leipzig doesn’t see the player wanting to stay under any circumstance.

Julian Nagelsmann said over the weekend that Bayern would definitely get Sabitzer if it was financial feasible for them, but that does potentially hinge on what the club decides to do with both Corentin Tolsso and Michael Cuisance, neither or whom get regular minutes at Bayern.

Per a new report from Abendzeitung, Bayern is already in advanced talks with Leipzig to sign Sabitzer before the transfer window closes for a fee of around €18 million:

But according to AZ information, the negotiations are well advanced, Sabitzer should be signed this summer, he is Nagelsmann’s dream player. In Leipzig you hardly see any chances to keep the midfield star.

While everything looks good on paper with Sabitzer wanting to leave Leipzig and Bayern wanting to sign him, Bayern still needs to make final decisions for both Tolisso and Cuisance. L’Equipe reported that both Arsenal FC and Manchester United were pursuing Tolisso, but Fabrizio Romano said earlier today that no such contact has been made from United. Juventus had also expressed their interest:

Still, for roughly €10 million, an interested club could get Tolisso for quite a bargain — just a few years after he was Bayern’s record signing from Olympique Lyon for €41.5 million. For the Sabitzer deal to be made possible from a financial standpoint, Bayern would more than likely have to find a buyer for Tolisso. It would also be in Bayern’s best interest to try and offload Cuisance before the window close, though that would prove to be a much more difficult task as there are currently no viable suitors for him.

Getting Sabitzer while losing both Tolisso and Cuisance would certainly be a worthy tradeoff. After Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, in the center of midfield, Marc Roca is currently sidelined with an injury, so depth is scarce, but Sabitzer’s quality and versatility would be a huge benefit for Nagelsmann in that area of the pitch. Earlier this week, Lothar Matthuas said, “Sabitzer is an absolute leader at RB, with 27 years of experience he has enough experience and can play in various positions in midfield. At Bayern, he can become a regular, I am convinced of that.”

The onus is on Bayern at this point. They’ll need to find a buying club for at least Tolisso to make the financing work for the Sabitzer deal. At that point, Leipzig would not stand in the way. Finding a suitor for Cuisance would be an added bonus, unless Nagelsmann is convinced he can spark a sort of renaissance for him at Bayern.