Who is on the list? According to Christian Falk, here is the rundown:
- Florian Neuhaus, Borussia Mönchengladbach: Bayern Munich still has interest in Neuhaus and his soon-to-be affordable €40 million release clause. The Bavarians, however, are — reportedly — out on Neuhaus’ Gladbach teammate, Denis Zakaria.
- Ridle Baku, Wolfsburg: Bayern Munich did not want to play €10 million for Baku during last year when he was at Mainz 05, but now would likely have to pay the Wolves twice as much (or more) to get the talented right-back. Baku does not have a release clause.
- Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen: Wirtz is one of Germany’s biggest talents and allegedly has release clause in his contract for 2023. The Bavarians are expected to play the long game on a move for Wirtz, though. The club’s front office has also reportedly already started the recruitment process by reaching out to Wirtz’s father through a neutral party.
One interesting aspect to Bayern Munich’s plans is that the club is shifting back toward pursuing more German players. Why? If you believe the report, the ongoing negotiations between Kingsley Coman, a France international, and Bayern Munich have left a baste in the mouth of the Bavarian bosses.
The Bayern Munich front office — allegedly — thinks that Coman’s primary desire during these contract talks is money and that which team he plays for is secondary. The Bavarians also view Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are the foundational players of the squad and want to build a German-filled squad around them.