Per a new report from Goal’s Kerry Hau, it looks most likely that Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso will run down the rest of his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer. The French international’s contract at the club expires next year, and he could technically sign a pre-contract with a club as early as this winter, as it looks like Bayern do not have plans of trying to get him to sign a new deal.
In addition to Michael Cuisance and the situation with Chris Richards and Hoffenheim, Bayern have not had many viable suitors for Tolisso willing to meet Bayern’s valuation of the midfielder.
Manchester United had expressed interest in both Leon Goretzka and Tolisso earlier this summer, but with the high profile signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane, that’s not as financially feasible right now. Not to mention, Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford had been in serious question, but his fantastic display in their opening Premier League fixture against Leeds United seemed to suggest his committed to United for the time being. That could, of course, change with anything that happens both on and off the pitch, but if he continues to perform and re-iterate his desire to stay, United has less of a need for Tolisso. They could still, however, pursue the option of potentially getting him on a free transfer next summer.
Tolisso’s situation at Bayern has made decision-making very complicated and difficult. His injury history since joining from Olympique Lyon has been incredibly unlucky, but has only gone to depreciate his market value. Both Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich are on the verge of signing new deals at the club, but the central midfield is still an area of the pitch that Julian Nagelsmann would like to have some depth in.
He’ll at least have Tolisso for this season, but will have to hope that either before the summer transfer window closes, or in the winter transfer window Bayern will be able to sign Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. Losing Tolisso on a free just a season after losing David Alaba, Javi Martinez, and Jerome Boateng without getting a solid central midfield replacement could prove to be costly.
With Marc Roca currently sidelined with an injury, Bayern doesn’t have much depth in midfield after Kimmich, Goretzka, and Tolisso. Taking Tolisso out of the equation next season could be costly, especially if Bayern isn't able to get a deal over the line for Sabitzer.